HowToUseSocialMedia

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There’s really so much that can be said about this thing that has threatened to taken over our lives.  So let’s talk about just a few:

#1: “You must not have any other god but me.” Exodus 20:3 NLT

This is the most important point I’m going to hit, so if you leave this post with nothing else, leave with this: social media very easily leads to idolization if we aren’t careful. There are two different forms of this.  Both incredibly toxic. God will not tolerate us worshipping anyone or anything but Him.  Nothing.

  • Idolization of others
  • Self-idolization

When we think of idolization in terms of the Old Testament, we often think we might never have any god like that.  How dare we! It’s so simple to find examples of both forms of these types of idolatry all over our society; just look around.

#2: Glorify God!

“So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31 NLT

There are so many ways to share your faith on social media.  Word of caution: there’s a difference between sharing and shoving down someone’s throat. 😉

#3 Use it for fulfill your spiritual gifts!

“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.” 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 NIV

Do you know what your spiritual gifts are? If not, there’s a great test you can take here.

#4 Use it to speak life into others’ lives.

“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who life it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:21 NIV

The way we speak to others can change lives.  It really can.  Social media is no different.  Be positive and encourage others. Do your best to avoid the “Facebook Fight.”  It’s stupid. If it’s going to hurt someone, don’t post it. Think. Pray.

#5 Use it to grow relationships!

“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17 NIV

You actually can build your relationships that you aren’t constantly involved in day-to-day contact in online.  Just be careful.

#6 Use it to learn!

“An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.” Proverbs 18:15 ESV

People actually post some pretty cool stuff on social media other than things about politics and videos of cats. Find something (or things) you’re interested in, pages that share things related to it that will give you videos or blogs related to what you want to know.

#7 Share Scripture!

“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness” 2 Timothy 3:16

We share quotes all the time. Take the time to find Scripture that means something to you..and even better..give the world (a.k.a. your friend list) a little insight as to why.

#8 Take some time off from it once in a while!

“Return to your rest, my soul, for the LORD has been good to you.” Psalm 116:7 NIV

It’s good for your mind! Just spend some time with God.  Spend some time with your family and friends.

#9 Obviously, use it to share your faith!

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 NIV

This one’s really pretty simple, to be completely honest.

#10 Don’t use it to promote yourself!

I saved this for last because I want you to remember it.

“And he said to all, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.'” Luke 9:23 ESV

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