Bringing God Glory Through Social Media

With so many media options for connecting with others, it’s helpful to put some thought into how we choose to spend our “media minutes.” For a few years I’ve contemplated joining Facebook. I’ve been tempted to keep up with friends and family that way, but feared it would become another “time grabber” in my life—and I already have plenty of those! For now, I merely “visit” Facebook infrequently through my son’s account. Even though I haven’t caved to the Facebook draw, this past month Twitter caught me!

When Nancy started “tweeting,” I decided to join Twitter to follow her and a few others. I’ve enjoyed soaking up wisdom and encouragement through “tweets” from godly men and women, and I also use it as a discipline in daily posting one thought I glean from my personal devotional time. I don’t have “tweets” delivered to my phone or email so I’m not continually being interrupted through the day, and I limit the time I spend on Twitter. 
If the apostle Paul could’ve set up a Facebook or Twitter account, I think he probably would’ve applied this admonition to his social networking activities:
“Whether you eat or drink [or Twitter, or Facebook, or blog], or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).
Let’s take that principle and flesh it out with these ten questions:
  1. What is my primary motive for communicating through social media?
  2. How much daily time do I devote to this activity?
  3. Have I developed any online relationships that I’ve kept secret from my spouse or others?
  4. Do I go online before I’ve spent time with Jesus soaking in His Word and adoring Him in worship?
  5. Does my Internet browsing and grazing lead me to places where I’m spiritually encouraged, motivated to grow, and encouraged to share the gospel?
  6. Do my social networking activities lead me to gossip, pride, lust, or coveting?
  7. Is my time online harming or benefitting others?
  8. Do my relationships or responsibilities suffer because of my time spent online?
  9. Do I view social networking as an opportunity to spread the gospel?
  10. Do I love Jesus more than my social network connections?
I’d love to hear from you . . . How do you use social media to the glory of God?
PS: I’d love for you to “follow me” on Twitter if you have the freedom to after working through these ten questions!

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Kimberly Wagner

Kimberly Wagner

Kimberly Wagner is the author of Fierce Women: The Power of a Soft Warrior and is a frequent guest on Revive Our Hearts radio program, as well as a regular contributor to the blog. Kimberly's passion is Christ and she … read more …

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