The Heart's Home

It’s no secret that the digital world has taken over our daily lives. We use smartphones, laptops, and other digital devices to communicate with friends and family, consume entertainment, and even for work. 

Our hearts are increasingly drawn towards the digital, and as a result, our treasures are often found in the digital realm. Jesus’ words, “Where your heart is, there your treasure is also,” hold just as much relevance today in the digital age as they did centuries ago.

Let’s explore how this can be applied in the context of the digital world.

The Digital World: Our Heart’s New Home?

The digital world offers convenience, speed, and excitement that often draw us away from the physical world. It’s important to understand, however, that our use of technology can simply reflect our values and priorities. 

While there’s nothing inherently wrong with enjoying the benefits of the digital age, it’s also important to recognize its potential consequences. Just as Jesus said, “Where your heart is, your treasure is also,” your digital habits reveal what you truly value and treasure in your life.

The Digital Treasure

In the digital world, our treasures may differ from those in the physical world. For some, it may be to accumulate likes, followers, or shares on social media. For others, it may be the latest gadget or digital tool. Whatever our digital treasures may be, it’s critical to ask ourselves whether they align with our true values and priorities.

Do we spend too much time on social media, looking for validation? Despite not needing them, do we upgrade our digital devices constantly? 

By reflecting on these questions, you can understand where your heart truly lies in the digital world.

Aligning Our Digital Habits with Our Values

It’s never too late to change your digital habits if they don’t align with your values. These are some ways to align your digital habits with your values:

1. Use technology mindfully

You don’t have to mindlessly scroll through social media or consume digital content. By setting boundaries and using technology intentionally, we can make sure it aligns with what we value.

2. Use technology for good.

You can use technology to make a positive impact on the world around us. Use social media to spread awareness about important causes or to spread positive messages. 

3. Prioritise human connection

Technology can be great for connecting with others, but we should also prioritise human connections in the real world. Make time for face-to-face interaction with friends and family or volunteering in our community.

4. Let go of attachment to digital possessions.

You can get hung up on your digital possessions just like you are on your material possessions. You can let go of attachment to digital possessions by decluttering your devices, limiting your social media time, and avoiding the constant need to upgrade.

Final Thoughts

Therefore, let us not forget the words of Jesus that are just as relevant today as it was 2000 years ago, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be as well.” We should always align our digital habits with our true values and priorities.

By remembering to use technology mindfully, prioritising human connections, and using it for everyone’s benefit, we can create a digital world that aligns with our values and priorities. We can find true fulfilment and happiness in the digital age if we can adopt such a lifestyle.

(This is part 1 of the Series: Jesus at the wisdom tree)
Samuel Thambusamy is a PhD candidate with the Oxford Center for Religion and Public Life.