When I was growing up, to share Christ with people meant you went out and knocked on people’s doors and invited them to church. When it happened to us, even though we were believers, it was awkward and uncomfortable! Obviously, we don’t knock people’s doors down to share Christ anymore, but what can we do to encourage our circle of influence?
I think we have an amazing opportunity in this generation to share Christ with more people than ever before. It used to be, we could only influence our friends and family and the occasional acquaintance. And though, I would argue you can share Christ most effectively with people you are in a close relationship with, it is certainly not the only way.
One of the most powerful tools we can now use is social media. I’m sure you aren’t surprised by this, but have you really stopped to think about the impact you can have on your friends, family and even those you don’t know? There are a few ground rules, that if you break them, can break the trust that you are hoping to build.
GROUND RULES FOR SHARING CHRIST ON SOCIAL MEDIA:
- Be preachy.
- Be unrealistic or inauthentic.
- Be grouchy. Everything that isn’t Christ-centered isn’t awful. Learn to laugh at yourself.
- Be one-sided & close-minded. Be a Christian first. I think a lot of Christians get swept up into a political party thinking it’s the “Christian Party.” It’s not. It’s political. Politics aren’t the hope of the world, Jesus is. (But, I do think every Christian should vote for Christ-centered policies! :))
- Assume the world is going to “hell in a hand-basket.” Being too outrageous is silly. Things are serious, yes, but, calm down!
- Get into theological/political debates online. Or, anywhere. Debating is different than sharing Christ. It is proving your point, while your opponent digs in their heels to prove theirs.
- Don’t Bible bomb. What that means is, if people are searching for Super Bowl recipes and they instead find a bunch of scriptures that you used the hashtag #superbowlrecipes, they will be annoyed. (#biblebomb – you heard it here first! 😉
- Be all about yourself. Sincerely care about others. It would be a good exercise if we looked over our feed once in a while and see what we mainly care about. Because that is what we post.
- Be a one-trick pony. Share other things you care about so people can see a well-rounded you.
- Be trite. If someone is struggling, don’t just quote a verse at them. (And, yes, I meant AT them. 😉 That doesn’t feel good to be on the receiving end of that. Empathy accomplishes much more.
- Be life-giving. Give people hope, not gloom and doom. They already get enough of that.
- Keep a unbeliever at the forefront of your mind. I have one certain person in my mind with everything I share. If it would confuse or give them the wrong impression, I won’t use it.
- Share Bible verses. The Bible says the word doesn’t return with nothing to show for it. We have no idea the impact that posting scriptures can make in someone’s life.
- Use a filter. Share your heart, wisely.
- Use hashtags, when sharing, to get your message out to a larger audience. i.e. When I post a scripture image on Instagram I use #bible, #dailybible, #instabible, #instadaily, #monday (or whatever day of the week it is). Get creative, but be appropriate. (see #7 above)
- Be authentic & appropriate as a follower of Jesus Christ. This is probably the most important DO. If you are a follower of Christ and you are argumentative, negative, critical, hopeless and discouraged, what kind of light are you showing? Not, that your life must be perfect. No, it’s about you having HOPE. We have hope because we are all just a bunch of bumbling hopeless cases if it weren’t for Christ. With Him, I am redeemed, hopeful, joyful, encouraging, supportive, loving, kind…you know, the fruits of the spirit?
- Use YouVersion – it makes sharing verses so easy! You can share right from a scripture you highlighted or YouVersion also offers a verse of the day beautifully designed on an image to be shared on Instagram, Facebook &/or Twitter.
- Be creative – I love the #handlettering people that are making beautiful works of art out of scripture, then posting on social media. Use your gift!
- Share something from a message that really impacted you. That is authenticity at it’s highest form. I love when I hear someone say something encouraged them to be a better dad, daughter, friend, etc.
I hope this encourages you to begin sharing Christ with your sphere of influence today!
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