28Oct

the importance of being light online

Do you really believe you can do greater things empowered by the Holy Spirit than even Christ did while He walked the earth?

Perhaps if you did—if we all did—things might look differently around us. Jesus charged His believers to get up and go, to share the truth about Him with the world.

He called those believers, and He’s calling you, a “light.”

“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.”
Matthew 5:14,  NIV

What does light do? It makes things visible and more easily understood. God’s light helps others see what they didn’t see—or couldn’t see—when the lights were out.

Your presence as a believer in social networking circles “sheds light on” cultural, social, and political issues, world events, personal struggles, and issues of morality that a global culture all but shrouds.

You will find in this new frontier that persuasion; influence, marketing, vanity, and jockeying for position are the universal currency. Your presence is to be monetized; your message is to be marginalized, to make room for the next, best thing in a Land of Shiny Things.

Remember, our Message is not about ourselves; we’re proclaiming Jesus Christ, the Master. All we are is messengers, errand runners from Jesus for you. It started when God said, ‘Light up the darkness!’ and our lives filled up with light as we saw and understood God in the face of Christ, all bright and beautiful.”

2 Corinthians 4:5–6 The Message

It’s your job is to illuminate and celebrate truth in a whole different way.

So in such a time as this—the predetermined time to which you were born—how do YOU follow Jesus in a Web-based world and lead others to do the same?

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  • http://www.tonyjalicea.com Tony Alicea

    This is a great reminder. I try to shine my light online in one simple way: encouragement. People under estimate the power of kind words. Not flattery but authentic encouragement. I love to post on people’s blogs and tell them how they’ve impacted me. I like to encourage people that there are people reading, even when it doesn’t feel like it. I like to say thank you every opportunity I get. So for this post today…thank you! :)That’s my little way of online ministry.

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  • http://twitter.com/PastorPaul Paul Van Buren

    I agree but this is also true for the physical world around us. We are empowered to do greater things in our families and in our communities. Face to face has not yet lost its impact. We must be impacting whatever environment we find ourselves in. Good word though. Sometimes I am convinced that we have forgotten that we are empowered for signs and wonders for the lost to discover Jesus.

  • Kmac4him

    I agree totally! My favorite thing to say is “Talk It Up”!! We have so much at our disposal, so many ways to “Talk It Up”! We can be God’s Light in what we say, in our attitudes, in our actions… We can, we must… Just Do It!! Talk Up Jesus… Talk Up His Word… Be found as His Salt and Light to this world… Be in a constant conversation with God through your life! Just Do It!

  • Tami Heim

    We love how you faithfully ‘Talk it up” and leave a glow in all the places you appear. Thanks for you example. Thanks for lighting the way for Him!

  • Tami Heim

    Amen! If He is Lord of all – then He will be present in ALL we do and say – face to face and online! So what do you think keeps us from receiving the power He desires to give us?

  • Tami Heim

    That is a BIG ministry online. People need encouragement – life is just so hard sometimes. Tony – YOU be encouraged that what you feel called to do online is a BIG deal in God’s plan.

    “The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention”. ~Oscar Wilde

  • Anonymous

    Beautiful post!