I feel a little silly at this point, talking about the importance of mobile technology and the role it plays and will play. A few years ago I felt a bit like it was still “out there” and not totally known. I often found myself telling people “soon…” Quicker than I could have imagined even myself, soon has arrived. But I guess it never hurts to remind oneself of the fundamental realities that shape the landscape. What got me thinking about it, specifically today was a report the CEO of Sony Ericsson gave on the status of the company. One simple statement I think says it all, “We will continue to invest in the smartphone market, shifting the entire portfolio to smartphones during 2012.”
I used to say, “Some day all phones will be smartphones.” If you are a Sony Ericsson customer, that some day is just months away. More people have accessed the web via the phone than other methods for years now. So even someone as dense as I am could put this together.
The practical ramification is that it is now possible to reach more people than ever before with the Gospel. But if we want to take full advantage of the internet we need to do it by making sure our content works well on mobile devices. If we do that, we can get Christ’s redemptive message in front of people world wide, 24-7.
When I was a kid Sunday School teachers used to ask, “Who was the fastest runner ever?” The right answer was Philip, based on the account of him meeting up with the Ethiopian eunuch. The world’s fastest runner bit was fun when I was a kid, but I don’t think that’s what the text actually says. But right now, we can be virtually alongside a person riding high speed rail in china, a young person with no hope or framework for hope on a ferry in Scandavia, or any number of other people the world over.
This is an unparalleled time because as quickly as the powers of the world move to close the doors of communication and control the message, new doors open. And right now, just like it was two thousand years ago the harvest is ready and we just need to step out into the fields. If you’re on our team, thanks for stepping out with us. If you aren’t – I’d encourage you to join in. It’s exciting what God is doing.