As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.
My soul thirsts for God, the living God.
Where can I go and meet with God (Psalm 42:1-2).
When you connect with other believers on social media, you anticipate finding God.
When you blog or video about God, you anticipate God drawing those who need Him to read.
Believers are busy.
So is social media.
Sometimes we don’t take care of our online relationships, the ones we have built over time on social media, because we get swept away with (fill in the blank).
Sometimes God places people in your path, for a season, so that your focus cannot be many but rather few.
Sometimes God allows the devil to work (nothing happens on earth that does not receive the green light from God, read the book of Job) in the midst of social media to test us, to see who will repent, who will apologize, who will take a break in obedience to Him.
I used to worry about taking breaks.
Will people forget about me, move on?
I heard that at a conference once. If you step away from your blog for a time period, followers will go somewhere else.
You know what?
Let them go. Social media followers or you here at the blog.
I cannot control readers or connections, nor do I want to. Rather, I do trust my God to bring people to His truth and love, wherever I post it. For I write to please Him, to honor Him, and He sends it out supernaturally. If He brought you here and wants you to stay, I trust He will keep you here.
When we as believers put God first, above ALL else, then we obey … no matter what.
Obedience can look like …
- speaking truth in a non-critical manner on social media
- pointing people of other religions to Our One Holy God
- passing on the opportunity to comment if what was going to be said was not noble, excellent or praise worthy ~ in other words be quiet ~
- saving our whines, our complaints, for those we trust, the inner circle (Even Jesus had one. James, John and Peter)
- praying before we post at all: is this about me or is this about Him/His work in me? am I posting because I am seeking validation from people or to please God? have I increased posting because I am jealous of someone else on social media?
- and yes, taking a break: fasting from Facebook, putting our pens and computers away to take a blog break, choosing one or two platforms to focus on rather than juggling four or five
This post would have been much different if I wrote it last week. I was weary of Facebook, navigating truth among sheep in wolf clothing, discerning His will for my presence, lamenting to a trusted sister and my husband how a message God had given drew far less attention as some other’s whiny posts.
Obeying God meant I asked Him to clean my heart before I blogged:
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from Your presence or take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and grant me a willing spirit to sustain me (Psalm 51:10-12).
In doing so, tt was necessary I take a break from Facebook. Not easy because there is a ministry He has given me to encourage and build up the body of believers through video/spoken and written word. The ministry doesn’t stop there. He uses me to speak to those who have little or no faith, a weight I carry to point more away from death to life in Him.
God will honor your obedience. God will continue to draw people to Himself because that is His will. The harvest is plenty, and the workers are few. The path is narrow. Stay its course. Do not let the wind knock you off. He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it (Matthew 7:13-14).
I pray if you are a believer in Jesus Christ, the living Son of God, you have the wisdom to understand walking through the narrow gate requires sacrifice, surrender, and persistent prayer.
It is easier to join the party on the broad road, where their rules prevail and sin satisfies every natural desire. Yet death looms, tempts, and traps.
Link arms with me and others so that we will be a blessed beacon of light, leading people with our Spirit of peace, joy and immense trust in He who is sovereign.
Drink from His well, for He will fill our cups no matter where we stand, no matter how many surround us, no matter how many leave us.
Yes, Lord, we thirst for You.
We understand that if You want us on social media, it is for Your glory not ours. We thank You for Your patience as we lean in closer, deeper to see Your direction in every word we type.
We will obey and be Your light on social media, even if it becomes more anti-social.
We will obey and step away when prompted, surrendering every worry, care and angst to You.
We will obey and minister to whom You place in our path.
We love you, Lord.
In Jesus name, Amen.
Hard but necessary truth to seek when on social media. Obedience to God trumps all things: our feelings, our plans, our desires. Sometimes, all those things line up, but I would guess not often for those entering through the narrow gate.
My husband is the one who titled this post. Jason is not on Facebook but gets to hear my woes.
I welcome your thoughts, questions here about this post. If it moved you, consider sharing it as we as believers need to keep pointing all to Christ, including other believers.
Christ is refreshing my spirit while I am away from Facebook. Soon, I will have an announcement to make about a class being offered on the ministry page.
All photos in this post are from Pixabay.com.
May God bless you and keep you in His love today.
Love in Christ,