6 big ideas for how to live and be online

Releasing your gifts online is a holy act of worship.

By Tami Heim

Click on your favorite social media site and it’s easy to dismiss your digital impression as just a blip on the screen. Be warned, however, there’s danger in that kind of thinking. Go too far and the next thing you know, fear and insecurity show up. When you discount your influence online, you deny God’s ability to work through you. Remember, you’re a precious original. He’s made you one of a kind. You’re gifted to do good work and that includes online.

Your consistency, whole-hearted commitment, and dedication to being completely what God created you to be illuminates the way for others. It also builds up and strengthens the whole body of Christ.

And that’s why there’s more

God designed you to compliment and complete others. Deliberately commissioned, you’re here as a member of  His body to accomplish His plan for this generation. When you decide to live out your faith online, fully live it out; God’s progress is radically accelerated.

In chapter 12 of Paul’s letter to the Romans, you find the practical action plan for how to live and be. All of it’s applicable to you, online. Offer back to God the best of what He has put in you and your lives individually and collectively become a living sacrifice and a holy act of worship. It’s a beautiful thing and the consequences are eternal.

Paul instructs us how to live and be

1.  Submit everything. (Vs. 1,2)

  • Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering
  • Embrace what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him
  • Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking
  • Fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out.
  • Readily recognize what He wants from you, and quickly respond to it

2.  Celebrate the gifts in others. (Vs. 5,6)

So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ’s body, let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t.

3.  Give your gifts. (Vs.6-8)

  • If you preach, just preach God’s Message, nothing else
  • If you help, just help, don’t take over
  • If you teach, stick to your teaching
  • If you give encouraging guidance, be careful that you don’t get bossy
  • If you’re put in charge, don’t manipulate
  • If you’re called to give aid to people in distress, keep your eyes open and be quick to respond
  • If you work with the disadvantaged, don’t let yourself get irritated with them or depressed by them. Keep a smile on your face.

4.  Keep it real. (Vs. 9,10)

  • Love from the center of who you are
  • Don’t fake it
  • Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good
  • Be good friends who love deeply
  • Practice playing second fiddle

5.  Find His pace. (Vs. 11-13)

  • Don’t burn out
  • Keep yourselves fueled and aflame
  • Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant
  • Don’t quit in hard times
  • Pray all the harder

6.  Create harmony. (Vs. 11-19)

  • Help needy Christians
  • Be inventive in hospitality
  • Bless your enemies
  • No cursing under your breath
  • Laugh with your happy friends when they’re happy
  • Share tears when they’re down
  • Get along with each other
  • Don’t be stuck-up
  • Make friends with nobodies
  • Don’t be the great somebody
  • Don’t hit back
  • Discover beauty in everyone
  • If you’ve got it in you, get along with everybody
  • Don’t insist on getting even; that’s not for you to do

Today’s conversation starters:

  1. What are some of the ways you see people using their unique gifts online?
  2. How do others strengthen you and the rest of the body by living out their faith online?
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  • http://sandraheskaking.com Sandra Heska King

    I’ve had grace upon grace poured on me in the last weeks–notes of encouragement, DM’d prayers and “thinking of yous” and “how are yous?” I love how the body of Christ has wrapped me in love. Recently a cyber friend posted a poem on her blog and another gifted me with one in my inbox that I had to post. 

    A Blanket For Sandy: http://hisfirefly.blogspot.com/2011/10/blanket-for-sandy.html

    Sunrise: http://sandraheskaking.com/2011/10/sunday-seasoned-sayings-sunrise-by-megan-willome/

    And of course, I got to talk with you real voice to real voice. 😀

  • Jack Lynady

    Lots of good bloggers who desire to bring His message. Also some really good ‘connectors’ who introduce people to each other. And then there are some places where people are intentional about getting offline to develop the relationship even more. Good stuff. Nice read Tami.

  • http://twitter.com/TamiHeim TamiHeim

    I agree @jlynady:disqus there are some wonderful bloggers dedicated to sharing their faith. Are there any you subscribe to now or can recommend? Thanks for stopping by here today. Always good to see you! 

  • http://twitter.com/TamiHeim TamiHeim

    We are blessed to call you sister @17a2807a99a21c6ff3f46055b32826fb:disqus  and wrap you in love. One thing is for    sure, when we pray for one another – it changes us and then kindles a fierce love between all those standing in agreement. When one hurts – we all ache. When one rejoices – we all celebrate. We are the body and that’s how God knits us together. We love you Sandy and are with you and for you. Thanks for sharing those links. They illustrate God at work through His people – perfectly. LYI.

  • http://lifeiscrazybeautiful.com Lisa Beets

    I recently discovered a blogger who wrote for 31 days straight about sharing meals to minister. She did a great job of sharing tips, recipes and reasons for the ministry. http://eat2gather.net

  • http://twitter.com/TamiHeim TamiHeim

    Awesome @LisaBeets:disqus  – thanks for stopping by and sharing the link.

  • Anonymous

    Encouragement/Grace outweighs emotions and circumstances.. SO grateful for friends and examples of His love.. makes me want to do be stickier… :)

  • http://chrisvonada.com chris vonada

    Loved this, and Romans Chapter 12, one of my favorites! It is amazing to see our world opening up and blossoming right now… the potential of our reach seems limitless. Thanks Tami !!

  • http://twitter.com/TamiHeim TamiHeim

    Thanks for stopping by @chrisvonada:disqus  – we appreciate the difference you are making. Grateful we are connected and part of the same body. Bless you brother! #All4Him

  • http://twitter.com/TamiHeim TamiHeim

    @dedraherod:disqus rejoicing in the eternal glue that’s got us stuck together. Love you, sister!

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  • Anonymous

    Your message preaches (to me) very well. I am strengthened by it. Think that answers your two questions too.