All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had. – Acts 4:32, NIV
By Tami Heim
Amid the volatile exchange of cyber conversation, you have the potential to establish common ground, build community, and intensify the light that comes from sharing your faith and God’s truth.
Network platforms are dynamic places. Here the digitally generous Christ follower discovers whatever flows from a pure heart is multiplied and returned in abundance. Outreach is amped and lives change.
- Have you ever considered the measure and impact of your digital generosity?
- Have you ever thought about how your online generosity reflects the character of Christ?
- Are you giving to others as generously as God has given to you?
- Are you sharing everything you have for the good of others and the advancement of the Kingdom?
Prayerfully read through the ABC’s of digital generosity. Click on the scriptures. Use them as a look in the mirror. Which behaviors or characteristics best describe you? Measure yourself against each one and then ask the Holy Spirit to help you become the generous and holy online ambassador God desires you to be.
The ABC’s of Digital Generosity
Acknowledge – You are quick to acknowledge God’s role in your life, your faith, and the good you see in others. (I Chronicles 28:9)
Bless– You invoke God’s favor, mercy, and benefit on others and their circumstances. (I Corinthians 9:23)
Compassionate – You respond to causes, needs, and the hurts that prevail in the life of others. (Mark 6:34)
Donate – You open your heart at the tug of the Holy Spirit and frequently agree to offer time, money or other resources as you’re lead. (James 1:27)
Educate – You post timely and useful information that clarifies, explains, or expands understanding on a given topic. (Acts 7:22)
Faithfulness – You show up. Friends and followers know you’ll be there for them. They count on you to be His light and shine brightly online. (III John 1:3)
Gracious – You take the high road and love right over status updates that promote criticism or anger. You recognize hurt people and you respond in love. (Psalm 86:15)
Hopeful – You see possibilities when others don’t and are the catalyst who replaces discouragement with optimism. You stand in the drift of negative banter and redirect it with perspective and truth. (Ephesians 1:18)
Inclusive – You notice when someone is absent or not participating in a conversation you know would interest them. You deliberately invite them to engage in the discussion. (Genesis 28:3)
Just – You defend those that may be harshly judged, criticized, or discounted. You use your platforms to become a voice for those who don’t have one. (Zachariah 7:9)
Kind – You offer words of encouragement and praise. It’s easy for you to hit the ‘like’ button and spread content that inspires you. (Jeremiah 9:24)
Leadership – You understand the power of your words to influence others so your posts and comments are good, kind, and true. (Exodus 34:27)
Mention – You consistently call others by name in posts, blogs, and updates. You freely use links to give credit where it’s due and delight in doing it often. (I Corinthians 11:2)
Network – You find opportunities to connect people with similar interests. Recommending people is part of your daily online routine. You find joy when your followers becoming friends with each other. (Acts 2:44)
Other-focused – You sincerely care about what’s on the hearts of others and will do your part to support an individual’s passion and message. You share their updates and blogs on your networks. People know you are here to help. (Matthew 22:39)
Pray – You are quick to spot a prayer request and let people know you are praying for them. You keep a journal and follow-up to see how things are going. (John 17:9)
Quality – You’re drawn to praiseworthy content and share whatever reflects the beauty of the creator, excellence, and wise counsel. (Philippians 4:8)
Relevant – You understand what’s dominating the current conversation, global sensitivities, and contribute to those discussions with a Christ-centered worldview. (Acts 2:17)
Serve – You are consistently the first one to answer a question, do a search, or respond to a cry for help. It’s fun to share a tip that makes life easier for someone. (Matthew 20:28)
Thankful – You seize every opportunity to offer praise and thanksgiving to God for all you have and the positive way others impact your life. (Revelation 11:7)
Uplifting – You know just what to say when is needs to be said. You shatter sadness with gladness. (Acts 20:2)
Value – You esteem others above yourself. You value people with the same heart that God values them and you let them know it. (I Timothy 4:8)
Welcoming – You enthusiastically greet, shout-out, and welcome new and old friends you see in the daily stream. Your followers instantly feel comfortable communicating with you. (II Corinthians 13:13)
XOXO – You lovingly communicate and express heart-felt affection for those that you hold dear. Some days all someone needs from you are the words: You. Are. Loved. (Romans 16:26)
Yield – You admit mistakes, seek forgiveness, and react with humility if you offend or overstep a boundary. (Joshua 24:23)
Zeal – You’re passionate and on point regarding purpose, mission, and values. People know where you stand. People find you inspiring and infectious. (Isaiah 42:13)
Who comes to mind as digitally generous among your friends and followers? Give them a shout-out in the comment section!
Live out your faith online as the generous and holy ambassador God desires you to be. #LiveSticky