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Flipping The Switch On Social Media

It’s hard to be a Christian.  Not that I don’t love it, or should I say, not that I don’t love Jesus with all of my heart. In today’s world, it’s hard to be a Christian.  I say this like it wasn’t difficult before.  Truthfully, it was harder in the years following the ascension of Jesus.  The disciples had to work tirelessly to spread the Gospel, even to the point that it got most of them were persecuted and killed for the sake of Christ.

We are blessed to live in a nation where we can voice our opinions freely without fear.  One of the biggest ways we can spread the Truth right now is through social media.  I know this probably sounds crazy considering all of the anti-Christian posts that are uploaded every day.

What you put on social media is a direct representation of what’s in your heart.  Anyone can post anything, and people take advantage of that.  I tend to stay off certain platforms during certain times of the year.  I won’t even log into Facebook during an election year.  Our voices are heard, whether the message we’re sending is a positive or negative one.

If you look at my social media pages, I’ve recently given them a fresh start.  Anything and everything I post, I want to glorify God.  I don’t want to do this with a holier-than-thou mentality.  That’s not my intention at all.  It’s also not to say my life is perfect, my walk with Christ is super easy, and I think I’ve got it all together.

I am a hot mess of a Christian. I mess up on the daily. I fall short of the glory. I do not meet the standards that will get me into Heaven.  This is why a relationship with Jesus is essential.

My relationship with Jesus is not perfect. He is perfect, but I fail.  Thankfully, He is full, overflowing even, of undeserved grace.  It’s His grace that keeps me wanting to follow Him, as He pursues my heart daily.

When I looked at my social media, I saw nothing but a self-centered life.  Pictures of my son, my husband and myself.  Not that I’m not proud of them and love them very much, but I was putting them above Jesus.  I was turning them into idols. I was telling the world, “Look at me! Look at my accomplishments!”

Social media is all about satisfying our own agenda, that is unless we flip the switch.  We need to stop thinking about our own agendas and start thinking about God’s.  We need to turn everything we do into a way for Kingdom work to take place.

Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. are all a great place to start. So how do we preach the Gospel using these platforms?

  1. Tell others who saved you from your sins.
    • God created and designed you specifically.  He gave you a testimony.  This isn’t just a story for you to hold onto forever. This is your truth, your life experiences, your ups and downs in following Christ.  It’s a tool to help you spread the Gospel uniquely!
  2. Tell others how you fail as a believer.
    • By portraying you have your life together as a Christian you’re only doing two things.  One, you’re kidding yourself because no one is perfect.  Two, you’re putting off an image that anyone who wants to become a believer will never actually be able to do enough to be saved.
  3. Tell others what you do to get back on track.
    • We all have our own version of a prodigal son story.  I’ve had to run back to the Father over and over again.  He’s kept me on track through scripture, prayer, and community.  Tell others about how these things (and others) have benefited your walk with Christ!
  4. Be willing to learn and grow.
    • You must always be striving to grow and learn more about your Creator.  His mysteries are unfathomable, but His character is constant.  He wants to teach you, grow you, encourage you, and love you but you have to let Him in.

Your vulnerability might just lead someone else to Jesus.

I encourage you to look at your influence on social media.  How many people on average like your posts? 10, 50, 100? What if just one of those people starts asking you questions about your faith, then two ask, then ten, twenty, and fifty? What if you used your influence to further the Kingdom? Life is not about you, it’s about who created you.

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