What does your online presence say about you?
How to use your social media accounts for God's glory.
In this modern age, one of the easiest ways to find out about someone is by checking out their social media accounts.
You can tell a lot about someone’s life from their Facebook profile.
You can tell what people are thinking about from their Twitter feed.
You can tell what things people value from what they capture on their Instagram account.
You can tell a lot about what people think is worth sharing from what they blog.
In other words, you can tell a lot about someone from their social media.
What does your social media presence say about you?
- What’s filling your Facebook wall and your newsfeed?
- Who are you following on Twitter?
- What photos do you post?
- What do you blog about?
The things that fill these different feeds, walls or cyber places, are what we value. They are what we think about and what we spend our time writing about, finding, posting, reposting and sharing. They show where our heart is at.
As a Christian, we are to be focused on Jesus. Jesus commands us in the gospels to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind” (Matthew 22:37, Mark 12:30 and Luke 10:27). But does your social media account show that your heart, soul and mind are focused on Jesus?
Sadly, my newsfeed doesn’t often reflect that my Christian friends have Jesus as their top priority. Instead, my feeds are filled with pictures of the latest fashions, articles about the latest New York trend, linked blogs about fancy, fast and very expensive cars, a photo of a beautiful cup of coffee they’ve just had, or even just those funny cat lolz memes.
Don’t hear me wrong – none of the things I’ve just mentioned are bad, evil or even necessarily sinful. But it’s true to say that the things we post most can be a pretty good indication of where our hearts are at.
So how are we as Christians to use social media for the glory of Jesus?
Let us start first by looking at the ways how not to use social media.
Three things to avoid on social media
- Be careful about getting into theological arguments or discussions on social media. There often isn’t enough space for these kinds of discussions, and it is very difficult to portray tone & emotion. Often these discussions descend into anarchy, name calling and sometimes nasty commenting.
- Don’t just consistently post some random verses out of context with no explanation of why it is there or how it applies to your life (maybe instead explain where the verse is from or why you find it encouraging).
- Don’t spam people’s walls with Christian article after article or Christian blog after blog. Most people will just get annoyed at you.
Ultimately to use social media well, we want the things we post to be coming from our hearts, minds and souls that are focused on Jesus. In Matthew 6:21, Jesus says that what we treasure is where our heart lies. Does Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or your blog show where your heart is?
Four things to remember when using social media
Here are a few principals to keep in mind as you go about using social media. Jesus is Lord – plain and simple, and as a result...
- We should aim to please Jesus is all we do
- We should aim to worship God with ALL our lives
- We are to act in a way that glorifies God in all we do
- We need to remember that everything is God’s – there is not one square millimetre of the world that is not His, this includes cyberspace!
“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31)