By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
We live in a world that is dominated by social media and technology. As new innovations are made, technology is becoming more accessible and more of a part of our everyday lives.
While there is nothing inherently wrong with being involved with social media, we must be careful not to let our lives revolve around it. Everything we do is a reflection of our faith, and if social media for us becomes the opposite of that, we are deviating from God’s will.
So how do you know if your social media account glorifies God?
First, we need to examine our motivation for utilizing social media. Social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter were meant to connect people from all corners of the world in a positive way. Social media can allow us to communicate good messages and even the Gospel to people in a convenient fashion.
But our intentions are usually not that pure. As humans, we tend to gravitate toward social status and popularity.
We can control what we post on social media to become people-pleasers, to present an image of ourselves that isn’t really who we are deep down, and we can become addicted to the feeling of getting more “Likes and Followers.”
We all know how satisfying it is when we post a photo of ourselves or blare a status update and watch the little red number start to flash when we get notifications. This positive reinforcement believe it or not can lead to addiction.
Have you ever tried fasting from social media? Try it. You’ll be surprised at how much time you actually spend on it.
We are naturally selfish, looking to our own benefit. In our own greedy ambitions, we miss the whole reason why we’re here, and we abuse the blessings God has given us.
Luke 9:25 says, “What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self?”
It doesn’t matter what other people think you are or how many people like you. All that matters is your relationship with Christ, and your social media account should be an outreach to other people for His Kingdom. When we are selfless in what we post, we are using social media to glorify God.
Ephesians 4:29 says, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”
You also need to ask yourself are you using social media in a way where people come closer to Christ or farther away?
It is perfectly okay to state your honest opinion, but do it lovingly, and know that you may be persecuted. People say things over the internet that they would never say in real life, only because the consequences seem less ‘real.’
Talking over the internet eliminates the personal ‘face to face’ experience. When you take someone’s emotions out of the equation for your own benefit, you dehumanize them instead of loving them as God does.
So in summary, whenever we use social media we should always be seeking to be a voice of hope in a dark world, directing everyone towards Jesus. We should always be aware of our motivations for why we post certain things and how certain posts might reflect to Christians and non-Christians alike.
When our intentions are pure, and we focus on serving God rather than ourselves, we can very easily use something earthly like social media to glorify Him.
How much time do you spend on social media? Do you ever use it for selfish reasons?