There are different reasons why we engage in the use of media. As a teenager, I wanted to get in tune with social media just because my friends in school were into it. After Assembly, each one of them would chat away about how exciting their conversation on “2go” was from the previous night. We were just ordinary teenagers that had no better understanding of what social media can be used for other than chatting with boyfriends on 2go. Sometimes I felt bad because I didn’t even know what 2go looked like while other times I just follow up with the gist or come up with the latest episode of ‘super story’ I had watched so as not to feel left out. I had no access to a browsing phone and frankly, I’d rather watch Wrestlesomania so I could practice John Ceena’s “YOU CAN’T SEE ME” with my brother (being the only girl child), do home works, read story books, forcefully stay in the kitchen with Mom and grumpily run errands for my brothers. (LOL) I am born again now, I love to stay in the kitchen sef winks. Upon my realization of God’s love for me, I started to place value on things that count. I realized that social media wasn’t just for chats with boyfriends and friends but for Godly communication that renews the mind.
As Jesus’ girls, we have to be conscious of the things we see because the things we see becomes the thoughts in our hearts and our thoughts are what we tend to say and do. Just like how friends either make or mar us, so does social media. So we have to be media-wise!
How do you help yourselves to be media-wise?
– Do not conform to the pattern of this world (Romans 12:2)
The Holy book says “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is… (NIV)”
It is not right for you to adjust yourself to the styles and system of this world. We are just in the world, we are not of the world. Social media is mistaken to be for the secular folks only but you can take it back for your Kingdom where you really belong; the Kingdom of God! You can constantly express God’s love through social media platforms without being contaminated. Matthew 10:16 (NKJV) “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.”
– Be careful what you watch, read and listen to
Let the content you watch, read or listen to be edifying. Not one that will shake your faith, affect your state of mind or reduce your self esteem. Consciously grow yourself with the things that you see online, whether scripture related, life teachings, relationship sites, finance and what have you. Know the sites and chat rooms you enter, if it disturbs your peace, please darling leave!
1 Corinthians 10:23 “I have the right to do anything, you say – but not everything is beneficial. I have the right to do anything-but not everything is constructive. (NIV)”
– Watch what you push out – 1 Corinthians 8:9
Think about the life that Jesus would lead if he was in our time, that’s how He expects you to live…even on social media. You can baptize your audience with the love of God that you have received. Let your content renew their minds; let it leave them wanting more. If you are uploading pictures, let it carry texts showing God’s faithfulness instead of “Ama slay mama, giving them hot hot” so that guys will not be carried away with the hotness of your physical body but by the hotness of Jesus in you. 1 Corinthians 10:24. Of course a lot of these things are in context but if your context is driven by the world, then I’m afraid you’re only propagating their gospel.
– Be time conscious- Ecclesiastes 3:1
Do not spend all your day on social media platforms. Spare time to build up other important aspects of your life. Read books, listen to good songs, and watch good movies, pray, study, reach out to friends, do chores, learn new things and be happy!
– Surround yourself with Godly contacts – Proverbs 27:17 (NIV)
“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another”.
Your friends matter!
– Dispel fears
Nothing should stop you from using the social media platforms in reaching out to others.
2 Timothy 1:7
Avoid unnecessary abbreviations, remember meaningful abbreviation is important for a good and effective communication.
Finally darling, let your testimony be that “…from infancy I have known the Holy scriptures which has made me wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus”
2 Timothy 3:15 (NIV)
I LOVE YOU ALL!
So tell me;
• How do you publicize God on social media?
• How do you manage your time when there is more than enough data on your phone?
MEET THE AUTHOR
Temiloluwa Olaniyan is a graduate of Linguistics and Nigerian languages from the prestigious University of Ilorin. She has a passion for children and teenagers and is graced to light up Jesus in the hearts of the younger generation. She loves talking, chatting and reaching out to people. She derives inspiration from songs of worship and she’s committed to a life of service to God.