Make sure you are happy in real life, not just in social media. Many on Social media have created suspicious behavior over fantasies. Some are envious of things, relationships; and lifestyles that don’t even exist. How sad is that? Remember, what you do and say on Social Media actually matters.
Social Media platform like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter have become a place of distraction in the lives of young and adults. Especially young women. For some reason on Social Media many times, it seems like Christ has been completely forgotten from our minds. The Christian life is supposed to be a life lived by faith. The Christian life is also supposed to be a life of self-denial. The Apostle Paul said in Galatians, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)
There are many Christians today on Social Media who like to elevate themselves so much that they can not tell the same serpent who deceives Adam and Eve is silently hissing in our ears today. They brag about their own accomplishments and boasting over meaningless things.
All the good in your life comes from Christ and all the bad comes from you. Your righteous deeds are filthy rags. You deserve nothing, but Christ allows you to breathe. If you must boast, then boast on what Christ did for you on the cross. Humble yourself and let someone else praise you. Do all things for the Glory of God not to show off. If someone does praise you, then, remain humble. – Bible Reasons
Jeremiah 9:23-24 This is what the LORD says: “Don’t let the wise boast in their wisdom, or the powerful boast in their power, or the rich boast in their riches. But those who wish to boast should boast in this alone: that they truly know me and understand that I am the LORD who demonstrates unfailing love and who brings justice and righteousness to the earth and that I delight in these things. I, the LORD, have spoken! Let someone else praise you, and not your own mouth; an outsider, and not your own lips.
PROOF THAT SOCIAL MEDIA IS NOT REAL LIFE
Essena O’Neil stated that “Social Media is not real life,” a 19-year-old Australian internet star who quit Social Media in November of 2015 to prove the point that Social Media is just means of fake self-promotion. She even Changes her Instagram name to “Social Media Is Not Real Life” Essena was a star on Instagram, Tumblr, YouTube, and other Social Media platforms, with over 800,000 followers on Instagram alone -(McCluskey, 2016). Okay, I took her story to make you understand the life you are trying to copy.
THE PROBLEM WITH SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS
Many photos you see on Social Media are Photoshop. No one is like that in real life. High-quality pictures don’t annoy me, but my problem comes in when people believe that someone’s life can be that picture-perfect.
Honestly, I love when people create beautiful ideas that celebrate Bible Scriptures, but when we have the illusion that all Social Media Bible posts are true and inspirational. That’s where we get it wrong. The majority of Christians today want to please everybody, especially on Social Media. They make themselves look “great, cool, sexy, rich, famous,” etc…
The majority of Christians nowadays post Bible scriptures that will please the ears of anyone who follows them. Some don’t even mention the name of Christ Jesus. The word of God should be alive and active. Don’t preach and post what suit their own desires.
Apostle Paul says: For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12) Somewhere else he also says: “For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” (2 Timothy 4:3-4). If we value our teaching by what followers’ desire, we may be out of context.
“Don’t act like you have it all together.” How about posting a picture of your spouse apologizing for cheating on you. Robbing the bank. Stressing your kids and beating you everyday. Yet you have chosen to show us how perfect your life is. Do not forget the purpose of you being in this world. You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9
KEEP YOUR PERSONAL LIFE PRIVATE
Not everybody should know what is going on in your life. Respect yourself, stay away from distraction. Distraction from God is extremely dangerous. As believers we believe that God is the captain of our ship. When you start losing sight of your captain, you start trying to steer your own ship. Not only does this lead to going the wrong way, but it can lead you in the direction of trials, sin, missed opportunities, and missed blessings. Says -Bible Reasons.
1 Corinthians 7:35 I am saying this for your benefit, not to place restrictions on you. I want you to do whatever will help you serve the Lord best, with as few distractions as possible.
“The more you focus on yourself, the more distracted you will be from the proper path. The more you know Him and commune with Him, the more the Spirit will make you like Him. “God did not create you to live a distracted life. God created you to live a Jesus-infused life.” -Bible Reasons
In summary, pass your free time by doing important things. Seek for something related to the will of God. If you love writing, then do it. If you don’t know what to do, then ask God what He wants you to do for His Kingdom. He will surely answer you. Read the Bible, meditate on it day and night. Fast and pray. If you are a parent find activities, Take your children out, and enjoy your peaceful active lifestyle without showing it to everybody. Remember what the Bible says, Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8. Don’t give the enemy the chance of destroying your life.
For the younger generation out there. If you are still young and not yet married, keep yourself busy by doing the things you love to do as long as they are align with God’s will. Finish your school and Fix your eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of the faith, who, for the joy set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2
DO YOU LACK WISDOM? ASK GOD
Know what you want in this life. live a life that God wants you to live and sin no more. Let Jesus be the center of your life. Do you lack wisdom? Ask God. James 1:5 declares, If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give them eternal life; and they shall never perish, no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; and no man is able to snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one. John 10:27-30
Peace and love, always!
Charlene L. Kazay