A few years ago, I posted an Instagram post about using my phone for the glory of God. I felt convicted and shared it but never really thought about the implication of my social media or online presence in regards to my relationship with God.
Isn’t it funny that when we consider the Great Commission, we exclude certain areas that are growing to be a large part of our lives? The growing influence of the internet from memes that can literally turn your day around #saltbae to moving inspirational articles and news updates, the web is fast growing to become a huge part of our everyday lives. The internet will eventually no longer be a luxury but a necessity. Digital literacy is becoming an issue that as a people and the Church we cannot ignore. The internet informs our lives and this is a time to be using whatever tools we have available to us for the Great Commission.
I would like to think that if Paul knew there was a way he could reach all people, to the ends of the world without the limitation of distance he would be writing the letters to the apostles and the church on his timeline.
Paul in the book of 1 Corinthians 1:9 declared that he becomes all things to all men, that he might save some. Beloved, in this millennial era, we do not necessarily have to conform to the standard of the world by saying we have to be as heavily engaged or dependent on the internet by doing or attracting people through the power of the internet, however we want to be able to have content and resources that can minister to the needs and hearts of people all across the world. I would like to think that if Paul knew there was a way he could reach all people, to the ends of the world without the limitation of distance he would be writing the letters to the apostles and the church on his timeline. He would be using every device available to Him to reach as many people as He could. But beyond that, we do not conform as well, by not just propagandizing but our lives preaching and representing Christ through the internet.
Sometimes, we put our relationship with Christ in the nice little box of Sunday service. I believe if we no longer limit Christ to just certain churchy activities, He will be speaking and reaching to the people around us through our social media every single day. God is not limited to the Sunday service, and neither should we be.God is not limited to the Sunday service, and neither should we be. Click To Tweet
Going back to that Instagram post, I started to realize recently that God really is interested in every aspect of my life. So it became increasingly important to be careful of the things I share, like, follow or comment on. I began to comprehend that I wanted my life as depicted on social media to represent who God has made me to be and that my life should bring glory to Him and hopefully that will lead someone to the loving grace and warm embrace of the Father. Going into all the earth, means using every tool available to us, trusting and believing God that His Holy Spirit is the one who waters the seeds we plant (1 Corinthians 3:7).
I want my life on social media to represent who God has made me to be and bring glory to Him. Hopefully that will lead someone to the loving grace and warm embrace of the Father.
We ought to be intentional in how we see the internet and social media, not as a platform to judge, persecute or condemn but rather be a light, that points to Jesus. That is what we have ultimately been called unto. It’s not just about sharing verses, boasting about blessing or asking people to type amen, but living in such a way that you are not ashamed of the Gospel even through the internet. That your life screams submission to Christ and that He has begun a good work in you however that looks for each of us individually. So go and trusting Him to use you, even in the places you would least expect.