At Crossings Community Church we recently walked through a series called Gospel Engagement . We took something that often feels very daunting and made it extremely simple and practical. We were reminded that our lives are meant to ‘leak’ the realities of the gospel constantly. The first step was that we challenged ourselves to make people aware that we love Jesus.
We often feel like our friends, coworkers, and neighbors know we are ‘Christians’ but we feel this way just because they see that we are good people. There are a lot of good people who are not being transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ. So, we need to let the most important thing in our life (the gospel) lead out authentically in our every day lives.
Social media gets characterized by the full spectrum of adjectives, from good to the epitome of evil. If you and I are people who are truly being transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ, then isn’t Facebook or Twitter a great way to authentically leak the gospel? As we have all heard, who we are comes out in what we say and do. If approached appropriately, social media should be a megaphone which pronounces the things we value and celebrate. As those celebrating the joys of following Jesus, we should be valuing and celebrating gospel-informed thoughts and events.
Social media has allowed me to participate in gospel engagement in so many new ways. Much like Nicodemus and Jesus in John 3, I’ve been asked questions in the quiet of a private message sent through Facebook. I have also had the opportunity to speak into situations that I would not have been aware of any other way.
Here are a few cautions we need to keep in mind:
- Anonymity. As separated as we might feel as we type on a computer while completely alone in the quiet of our home or office, social media is not anonymous. Rather, social media engagement will be FOREVER associated with us. We must be cautious and wise.
- Authenticity. There is a temptation to be someone or say things through social media that you would not in normal personal interactions. Projecting a social media facade simply discredits the unique creativity of the One who knit you together. And, to be honest, you aren’t fooling anyone. Do not allow social media to be an outlet for passive aggressive behavior.
The opportunities for Gospel Engagement:
- Share your life authentically, demonstrating how the gospel has everything to do with every aspect of who you are and what you do.
- Share the blessings of your community of faith through showing others you value worshiping as a church body, gathering in a small group environment, and spending time organically with others who encourage and support you.
- Share your victories and struggles appropriately. It is so powerful to see another person battle through difficulty as they are dependent and desperate for Christ’s intervention. Let others see His faithfulness and work.
Questions: Are you leveraging gospel opportunities which are available through the tools of social media? What fears stand in the way of you ‘leaking’ the gospel authentically in this way?