Can I be a Christ-like Influence Online?

We cannot skip this. In a world so privately public, we get to be the creators of our own world in a sense. We get to ‘accept’ or ‘deny’ friendships in this relatively new realm we have given the title ‘social media.’ But are social media networks such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter a good or an evil in the Kingdom of Heaven?

As a Christian it can be tempting to turn away from using social media. Have you noticed? You have heard the many reasons we should get rid of social media all together.

• Too distracting. • Takes away your focus on the family. • Invasion of privacy. • Time waster. • Self-centered. • Secular.

But, what if we are missing an opportunity to further His Kingdom? Would Jesus want you in a place that seems to be filled with so little of Him and so much of the world? Let’s take a look at scripture together;

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16 NIV

There it is, in the red letters. Jesus asks us to let our light shine before others, not for our glory, but for His.

How do we let our light shine to influence others for His glory online?

Seek Him. First, before you make one change to your media use, spend time with Him. He craves your relationship above all else. It is why He made you! Go to Him in prayer and ask for His discernment how you should behave on social media. Ask Him questions like, “What would you like me to say or share?” and “Should my profiles be public or private?”

Be careful. Keep a close eye on your heart posture. If you begin to think being a good influence is graded upon your follower count or how many likes/comments you receive, your heart may be turning prideful. Remember, we are trying to give Him glory and not ourselves. He is using you even if you only have one friend or connection.

Share your testimony. Your story is amazing. The fact you found redemption in your sin is a flat out miracle. People love to see transformation and you are something to celebrate. Peter encourages us, “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.” 1 Peter 3:15-16 NIV

Peter shares with us how powerful our testimony is. You will draw and influence people just by being you. You have a hope that so many people are searching for and His name is Jesus Christ. Shine your light on what they have been looking for. Lead them back to Jesus. Show them what you were before you served Jesus as the Lord of your life, and who you are now that He is the Lord of your life.

Be honest. If you are walking through a dark valley, share it. People want to be able to relate to you. If we pretend our lives are perfect, others will believe they can’t follow Jesus because their lives aren’t perfect. But Jesus himself told us, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Mark 2:17 NIV) We were sick before we found Him, and we still need to rely on Him daily. We make mistakes, but He is constantly renewing and refining us. Show your friends just how gracious our God is.

Evaluate your media use. Do people know what you are living for, or what you are fighting against? If you are using social media as your outlet to ‘tell’ others what they are doing wrong, it only pushes them away. Share all the reasons you are for Jesus and how He is saving this world. Share His redeeming love with them. Share all the pieces of you that Jesus has healed! Share the joy you have received knowing He loves this world and longs for relationship with each one of us.

You have been given an amazing opportunity to be a Christ-like influence. Social media gives us a platform to reach and connect with people we wouldn’t get to meet in the ‘real world.’ God is using you in other’s lives and you do have an impact on people watching you. Jesus promises us the Kingdom of Heaven and influencing others is as simple as allowing Him to shine through our every word and post. What could be more rewarding than allowing Him to use our words to glorify Him? Go now and seek Him. Find out how He is planning on using you to bring others to the Kingdom of Heaven.

Written By: Andrea Smith

Andrea is a Christian and Mother. When she isn't chasing her two crazy fun kids around the house she is working on her home business FAITH Christian Jewelry.