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Do you pray before you post?

Social media is a channel where people are constantly pouring out and seem to have so much to say. But how much of the pouring out that we as Christian’s do on social media is based on what God has first poured into us?

 

As a Christian I’ve come to realise that I cannot give out anything worthwhile unless I first take in from God.

The need to be present on social media due to the businesses and organisations I am involved with, has had an unexpected affect, it provokes me to go to the Word of God and the presence of God more often than I would otherwise. The reason is simple, I’ve found that unless I have been fed by my Father, I honestly don’t have that much to say, at least nothing that is of any real value.

I’ve found that the best time for me to post on social media is after I’ve spent time in prayer, Bible study or worship. So in answer to that popular question ‘what is the best time to post on social media?’ there it is.

"The temptation can be to post anything just to keep your social media stream up-to-date and that’s indeed what a lot of people do"

The irony is that just because the best time to post is when you’re full spiritually, doesn’t mean that what He gives you to post is going to be overtly spiritual. I am a Chartered Marketer by profession and I work in the secular sector as well as with churches and Christian based organisations, and whether I’m posting from a Christian perspective or general business perspective my posts are always more inspired and have more impact when my spirit is fed.

Social media is a powerful tool for communicating our Christian missions, and I believe it’s important to show-up and post consistently, not only when we have something to promote. However the challenge becomes knowing what to post and I know many of you can relate to this.

The temptation can be to post anything just to keep your social media stream up-to-date and that’s indeed what a lot of people do, which is why social media can be noisy and a little overwhelming if we spend too much time on it.

I’m a firm believer that as Christian’s we shouldn’t be adding to the noise but providing people with respite from it, our social media updates should be a breath of fresh air to those who encounter them. I’m reminded of 1 Corinthians 13:1;

“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal”.

Unless we encounter the one who is love, much of what we say will not have the purity to penetrate men’s hearts.

There is some great stuff on the Internet but there is also a barrage of noise that we often have to cut through to get to it. The best way to share content that connects and really resonates with the people and communities that we are trying to reach, is to ensure that it is Spirit charged.

God will surely light up content that comes from Him so that it shines bright in the midst of darkness. Let us follow in the footsteps of Jesus when He said this in John 12:49;

“For I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me to say all that I have spoken”.

 

 

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