by Tami Heim
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.
Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.
– Acts 16:25-26, NIV
When you profess to be a Christ follower, people take note. They pay attention to how you react and respond as life comes at you fast. When you live out your faith online, friends and followers crowd the cyber sidelines with added curiosity. No one suspects the digital wave of glory that exists at your fingertips.
They read your posts, follow conversations, and scrutinize your patterns of engagement. Some among your fascinated circle may not interact with you directly, but make no mistake this networked community notices the God-thing in your life.
The trials in life come, as they always do. People know you are going through the tough stuff. Perseverance becomes your personal trainer and works you over with a custom P90X program for the soul. (There’s a reason why your faith story is called a test-imony.) God has you on the ordained development plan for completeness and maturity.
Your character and countenance are widely observed. People wait to see if your God makes a difference and how long you’ll hang on until He does. Just like Paul and Silas, you deliver the completely unexplainable response and it radically alters the spiritual condition of the whole audience.