2Dec

believer: it’s time to get off the bench and go

Being a Christ follower in the 21st Century online world is mind blowing.

Have you checked out the scoreboard lately?

The numbers don’t lie. More people will log on to blogs, Facebook, and Twitter this Sunday than will go to church. More people will meet the person they are going to marry online than will meet at the church barbecue. And more people will share their joys, heartbreak, and revelations via status updates than those who will seek the help of a counselor or a pastor this year.

As a Christ follower, it’s your responsibility to influence the online conversation and to tell a clicking, texting, searching generation that they can’t Google their eternal life.

To do this, you must master the tools needed to communicate the gospel to the world. And we’ve got to do it together. Currently, more than 33,000 denominations of the Christian faith exist. Imagine if we could all get in the same pew for a few minutes. We might be able to change exactly everything.

As we’ve covered in earlier posts, you need to be filled with and led by the Holy Spirit. That’s a nonnegotiable part of the strategy. The Scriptures are clear.

Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.

I Peter 1:13-16

Even if we live in fast-moving, interactive environments, God is still at the center of that activity.

You can’t do this in your own power. Nope. No way. Not a chance.

In Luke 4:1–14 when the Holy Spirit led Jesus to the desert and the devil tempted Him for forty days, Jesus used the words of God to claim His ground again and again. He defeated the devil in the desert with truth, and He will defeat the devil online—and in every seedy corner of cyberspace—using followers unafraid to stand firm and speak truth.

What’s your most effective pre-game warm-up before logging on?

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  • http://twitter.com/SandraHeskaKing SandraHeskaKing

    I confess. Sometimes my warming comes after logging on and being fed by other believers who point me to the Center. But before? That time in the yard, alone with Him, watching and listening.

  • Tami Heim

    I am a morning person too. That quiet time in the Word and in prayer gets my head and heart directed. Like you, I find others throughout the day that keep me fired up by their words of encourage or flat out straight talk.. That’s just like God, isn’t it? I marvel at how He uses us and others to keep us all moving where He wants us to go.