“Me, me, me. It’s all about ME!”
That’s sometimes how I see certain people’s profiles on social media. It seems like all that they post about are things about themselves.
Unfortunately, sometimes it’s not much different with the social media profiles of some churches, ministries, and Christians.
It seems like ALL that some want to do is promote their event, have you visit their website, or go to their venue.
But that’s not how Christians ought to act on social networks. We should be promoting less of ourselves and more of God.
I’m Not a Social Media Saint
Now don’t get me wrong, it’s not like I’m some perfect saint when it comes to social media. I too have been guilty of too much self-promotion.
But I don’t want to promote myself, I want to promote Christ. I must decrease and Jesus must increase.
I’m not saying that all you should be posting on social media are things about God and Christianity. But what I am saying is that you need to have a healthy balance.
Having a healthy balance of both self and God-related social updates can be difficult sometimes. Contrary to what you might think, that healthy balance is probably not going to be 50-50.
I think that everybody’s number is going to be different. It’ll be up to you to decide what that healthy balance should look like.
But in this blog post, you’re going to find 10 questions to ask yourself to see how you’re doing on social media.
Once you’ve answered those questions, you’ll probably find yourself needing to make some adjustments.
Pray about making those necessary adjustments immediately, because you want to take advantage of every tool that God has given you to make an impact for His Kingdom.
10 Questions That Will Help You Do Amazing Social Media For Jesus
1. Question #1 – Are You Seeking to Glorify Yourself or God?
“Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” -1 Corinthians 10:31
Social media is a phenomenal tool that can be used for witnessing, sharing your faith, and just letting your light shine for Jesus.
Don’t get caught up in just sharing things about you and your family here on earth. Share things about your God, and your heavenly family as well.
Tell the world about your heavenly Father, about His son Jesus Christ, and about the Holy Spirit.
After all, we can only change people in a small way, but God can change them in a big way.
2. Question #2 – Do Your Social Media Updates Build Up or Tear Down?”
“Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.” Ephesians 4:29
Of all the social media updates that you read every day, how many of them do you think build up (edifies) other people?
You’d have to agree that it’s probably not that much.
But God’s Word encourages us to build each other up.
If we’re going to be ambassadors for Christ on social media, then we have to make sure that our social media updates never hurt other people. Instead, they should always be encouraging and loving.
“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;” 1 Corinthians 13:4-6
3. Question #3 – Are You Pointing People to the Savior?
“And He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.’” Mark 16:15 ESV
This is the Great Commission given by Jesus to all His disciples.
Before social media came, you were constrained by geographical location when it came to sharing your faith. You could only share Christ with your coworkers, the people you met in the street, or your next door neighbors.
But of course, that’s no longer the case. I’ve had the privilege of sharing Christ with people from Indonesia, Brazil, and other countries around the world. It’s all because of social media.
That’s pretty exciting!
4. Question #4 Do you use social media to complain?
“Do not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned. Behold, the Judge is standing at the door!” James 5:9
I see people complaining on social media in two main areas:
Area #1 – People Complain Against Companies
With the evolution of social media, it’s now become a platform for customer service. Sometimes when people receive a bad customer service experience, they go to social media and complain.
Sure, many times they get the problem fixed. However, usually the emotional anger that is seen in these kinds of updates isn’t a very good witness for Christ.
My suggestion to you is to think twice about complaining against a company using social media.
Sometimes a phone call or an email will produce the same results.
Area #2 People Complain Against Other People
There are people who do their dirty laundry in public. If they have a problem with someone, they will let the whole world know about it through social media.
As followers of Christ, that should never happen. We should always use the biblical method of settling disputes found in Matthew 18.
5. Are You Shining the Light of Jesus on Social Media?
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” – Mathew 5:16
The German atheist philosopher Nietzsche once said that if he saw more redeemed people, he might be more inclined to believe in their Redeemer.
If more people were to see the light of Christ shine through you on social media, then more people will come to Christ.[Tweet “You can shine your light for Christ through your love for people.”]
How can you love people on social media?
You can send them encouraging scriptures, share inspiring quotes, and ask them if there’s any way that you can serve them.
6. Do You Have Any Unhealthy Relationships Through Social Media?
“Do not be deceived: ‘Evil company corrupts good habits.’” 1 Corinthians 15:33
Let’s face it, not all people that are in your social circles are positive. Some people just bring about so much negativity, that it harms the people around them.
If you have such people in your social circles, then I encourage you to pray for them. Pray that the Lord would show you how you can positively impact them for Christ.
But you also should be open to you cutting that person out of your social circles if that’s necessary.
That’s why I say that it’s best to pray about these types of situations, so you can get directions from God about what to do.
7. Are All Your Updates About Your Blog, Your Business, or Your Ministry?
“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” Philippians 2:3-4
Nothing screams, “I’m selfish,” more than constant status updates that are all about you.
Don’t just share about yourself on social media, share also about God, and about other people.
I try to stick to the 80-20 rule. I try to have 80% of my updates be about God and other people’s stuff, and have 20% of my updates be about me.
I can’t say that I always stick to this rule. Sometimes I slip to 60-40 or 50-50, but 80-20 is what I shoot for.
Think of your ratio of how many of your updates are going to be about you, how many are going to be about God, and how many are going to be you sharing other people’s updates. Then try to stick to that ratio.
Remember, updates about God first, others second, and then updates about you.
8. Are Your Motives Pure For Using Social Media?
“The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.” 1 Timothy 1:5
Some people go on Facebook because they want to hook up with others. Some people go on Instagram because they want to lust after pictures of other people. And others go on social networks to gossip about things that are happening in their social circles.
But all of these things hurt you. You don’t want to fall into any of these traps when using social media.
Since the heart is deceitfully wicked, we all need to ask God to show us our motives, because sometimes we’re not aware that they aren’t pure.
If God shows you that there’s some kind of impurity in you using a social network, then either you can change, or just stop using that social network altogether.
It may sound extreme, but Jesus said in Matthew 18:9, “And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into the hell of fire.”
9. Is Social Media Getting in the Way of Your Relationship With God?
“’Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?’” Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’” – Matthew 22:36-37
Sometimes social media gets in the way of our relationship with God.
Sometimes we make social media one of the top priorities in our lives, and it actually ends up competing with the place of God.
I know some people who as soon as they wake up, the very first thing that they do is check Facebook, or their preferred social network.
Do you really think that’s the best use of their time in the morning? What does this say about how important social media is in their life?
Be careful that you don’t let this happen to you.
If you are one of those people who checks social media as soon as you wake up, then just pray about this. Ask God if He thinks this is the best thing for you to do when you first wake up.
I’ve found that when I come to God in prayer asking a question with a sincere heart, that He’s always faithful to answer me in a very gentle way.
10. Is Social Media Getting in the Way of Your Relationship of Those You Love?
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” John 13:34
You go to a restaurant and you see a couple having dinner. One of them is on their phone checking Facebook, while the other one looks out the window because they’re bored out of their mind.
You go to a playground, and you see a parent playing with their kid with one hand, and trying to multitask with their phone in the other.
I’ve been guilty of both of these in earlier stages of my life. But then God showed me a better way.
It’s the way of love.
When Jesus commanded us to love others the way that He loved us, we notice one very important thing. We notice that Jesus was incredibly focused.
Whenever Jesus interacted with someone, we always see that He gave them His full attention.
Jesus was not a multitasker. He was singularly focused on the task at hand.
And if that task was talking with someone or ministering to them, then that was all that He did.
I hope that your loved ones don’t ever have to compete with your cell phone or your social networks. They deserve your full attention because they are always more important.
Be Awesome on Social Media For Christ
I hope this blog post won’t leave you the same way like when you first started reading it.
I hope this blog post has made you think about whether you are putting your best foot forward when it comes to social media.
Please consider stopping what you’re doing right now, and pray a simple prayer. God wants all parts of your life, including social media, to honor Him.
A simple prayer might look like this:
“Lord, I give my social media to you. Please help me to be an ambassador for Christ on all of my social networks. Help me to love, encourage, and be a light to others everywhere that I type. May You increase on social media and may I decrease. May You have all the glory that is due to Your name. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.” A Social Media Prayer