Social Media: Our First & Our Best?
Proverbs 3:9 tell us to honour God with everything we have; to give Him the first and the best.
But I know far too often my first is a sleepy flick through Facebook, rather than spending those precious first minutes of the day with my Father. I know I usually give the best of my efforts to making myself look good, rather than giving God pride of place in my life.
So how do we give God our first and our best? The Bible is full of pointers...
1. Think it through
Don't act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. (Ephesians 5:17)
Quite simply: let’s start thinking. Let’s start thinking deliberately and intentionally about the people we speak to, the way we spend our money, the things we do online, the way we conduct our lives. Why not make some time this week to sit down, pray, and think carefully and honestly about whether our current social media habits are pleasing to God?
2. Don’t waste time
Make the best use of your time. (Ephesians 5:16)
I don’t even want to think about how many hours I’ve wasted on social media this year alone. We have a God who promises to give us life to the full – and He wants us to use our time in the best way possible, to honour Him in everything we do. God has an ordained plan and purpose for each of us (Proverbs 16:3-4), and it most definitely involves loving His people fully and wholeheartedly. I want to live this way! I don’t want social media to drain my life of its God-given direction.
In Filtered Grace by Robin Ham, he refers to a photography exhibition called The Death of Conversation. Do any of the situations feel familiar? I’m definitely guilty. How much does social media cut into our time with God and His people?
3. Give 100%
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and all your soul, and all your mind. (Matthew 22:37)
Don’t be daunted by this verse! Remember, it’s God’s power that will change us from the inside-out, not our own efforts. But we can start by building good habits: setting phone alarms which remind you to read the Bible first and last thing. Changing your phone/tablet/laptop background (rumour has it there are some MP ones on the way...!).
The more you spend time with somebody, the better you get to know them; so run with anything that motivates you to spend more time with God – no matter how small or inconsequential it might seem!
I think my problem is actually not that I value social media too much, but I love God too little. My heart is usually distracted, rather than captivated. But I know God is patient, and will change me. I so badly want to become so totally sold-out for God that I can’t help but use social media to share His love with my networks and circles. Pointing to Him, instead of me.
The more we give of ourselves to God, the deeper our relationship with Him will be. We will begin to SHINE for Him, and our joy will become greater.
You were made for so much more than to spend hours wishing you were as wealthy, healthy or happy as the girls on Instagram. We were made to share the goodness of God, to love others with the overflow of His amazing love, and to be daughters living joyfully and 100% for our Heavenly Father.
Let’s start giving God the worship and attention He is so worthy of: our first and our best.
Lucy founded More Precious in 2013 and has the absolute joy of overseeing it on a regular basis. She is spending a year working doing Marketing for a Cambridge company, and is getting married in June next year!