The world is rapidly changing with information being closer to people than ever before. People express themselves freely and place value on their opinions. There is no longer a situation where only one way can get the job done, many people are connected and can so easily innovate new ways of doing things. With all this, it is easy to rub off on people in the wrong way faster and the effects are devastating. Wrong things go viral within days and many have lost credibility built for many years by just one click of a button. I will not look at social media as a means of spreading God’s word; rather I want to explore the reasons as to why social media thrives. Are there underlying things that we can pull from this success and use them in sharing God’s word? Does Christianity need a “Facebook Revolution”?
How we share God’s word determines how people receive it. Our sharing needs to come from the point of servant hood where we understand that we are serving God first and that we are servants also to men. Unfortunately we usually come to men as people who know what is right and oppose all that the unbelievers do from the point of ‘we are right and you are wrong.’ Placing ourselves higher than those we evangelize to makes us drive our points strongly rather than offer an option. We become masters who give orders rather than servants who offer solutions.
Paul understood the heart of service and illustrated it with his approach to the Romans. During that period, the Romans were considered a super power, being both highly skilled intellectuals with great financial standing. If anything, they defined success in the worldly view but Paul understood that something lacked in their lives even when they could not see. Paul’s heart was set on some principles that I see as very important if we are to effectively minister to our generation in a considerate way.
The reason why Paul did all he did through his missions as an apostle was simple obedience to God. It was not how receptive of the gospel people would be, neither was it his eloquence nor his intellect that pushed him to different parts of the world. There was no financial gain; in fact, he still did his tent making business just to be able to provide for himself as he ministered. It would have been easier for him to remain and preach in his hometown but he ventured to territories where he knew he would meet opposition. The reason Paul did all this despite the many reasons not to was simple obedience to God. In his heart, he obeyed the command to go and preach to the gentiles and he believed that the Lord who sent him would stand with him in wisdom, strength and provision.
I put it to you this way; the first step is to realize that we were saved to reach out to the unsaved. By staying comfortable with those who are saved and preaching to the “choir” in a sense, we are missing an opportunity to obey the Lord. It is only when we decide to follow through with this calling that we begin to actively engage in listening to people’s needs, even when they do not say them. When we step out, God gives us discernment and wisdom o how to win souls. Our obedience should not be hindered but what we lack rather it need to be empowered by what God can give.
Rom 1:1&5 Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God…Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for the obedience to the faith among all nations for His name.
Paul stood on the gospel at all times regardless the status quo. He understood that he had received life in Christ and was firm in his faith. Such a strong conviction allowed him to stand in front of groups of intellectuals and bravely make his case. People wanted what he had received although they did not know it yet and so Paul sought to show this to them. He did not wait to be invited or for requests rather he bravely sought the audience of some not so willing people. The courage came from knowing what he had and the need to share it with the Gentiles.
It is about time that we stopped hiding our faith and began to openly engage people in what we believe. We have received this gift freely and to hide it because of our own fears is not fair to the world. We need to invite non-believers to church, praise and thank God openly and begin to encourage people with scripture. The only thing that can change a person’s life is belief in God; how will they believe in something we hide?
Social media has put power in people’s hands, our views do not have to be accepted by everyone for them to be heard and we do not need to conform to set standards as we define our own rules. Regimes led in tyranny have been stripped of power through social media activism. It is about time that as Christians we take our faith out there and express it fearlessly. A revolution will only come when we refuse to conform to what society defines us to be and we begin to display who we really are.
Rom. 1:15-17 So, as much as is in me, I am ready to preach the gospel to you who are in Rome also. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”
Many people have the need to have Christ in their lives yet they do not know it. In a world that defines success in terms of career, resources, education and the material things, it is very easy to get caught up in this rat race and forget what really matters, the love of Christ. As Christians we are often ready to help those who reach out to be helped with regards to salvation and fellow Christians, but what happens to those with needs yet they are not crying out or to some extent, they do not know of their need? During Jesus’ ministry, He met many such people who came to Him with physical problems or social dilemmas and after He had healed them of these things, He fulfilled their deeper needs by offering salvation although they had not asked for it. Likewise, our hearts need to be set to understand that despite the cynicism and criticism towards Christianity, the world needs to see and know of the love of Jesus Christ; they see it when we meet their immediate needs and know it when we offer salvation. A good servant knows the master has needs and meets them before being asked.
- What are the essentials of the gospel message?” (countdowntoeternityblog.wordpress.com)
- Christ crucified (savedbygraceblogdotcom.wordpress.com)
Ecclesiastes 1:16-18 I communed with my heart saying, “Look I have attained greatness and have gained more wisdom than all who were before me in Jerusalem. My heart has understood great wisdom and knowledge.” And I set my heart to know wisdom and to know madness and folly. I perceive that this also is grasping for the wind. For in much wisdom is much grief, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.
It would not be fair to leave you with this information and let you try to change by your own wisdom and strength-it is like chasing the wind. Only in Jesus Christ does all this make sense and by the guidance of the Holy Spirit will we know the way to go. Say this prayer and receive a new life..
Heavenly Father, I come to You in the Name of Jesus. Your Word says, “Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21). I am calling on You. I pray and ask Jesus to come into my heart and be Lord over my life, according to Romans 10:9-10—”If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” I do that now. I confess that Jesus is Lord, and I believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead.
I am now reborn! I am a Christian—a child of Almighty God! I am saved! You also said in Your Word, “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” (Luke 11:13). I am also asking You to fill me with the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit, rise up within me as I praise God. I fully expect to speak with other tongues as You give me utterance (Acts 2:4).
The prayer was obtained from the Kenneth Copeland Ministries.