3 Ways to be an Example Online

Our children learn from us. Everything we do, they mimic. To the credit of their creator, they are created to copy what they see. This works for their benefit as well as their detriment. I would suggest that by Sharing Jesus, Talking like Jesus, and Seeking Jesus in our lives in both cyberspace and meatspace, we will set examples for our children we would want them to mimic.

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Sharing Jesus is the best way to overcome the darkness of our world. In Romans 12:21, Paul encourages us: “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”  There are easy ways that we can Share Jesus with our online presence. If you are on a social network, consider sharing posts from your church’s page, devotional groups, and other God-pleasing sources. Your friend list will benefit from the Word. Another easy way to share the love of Jesus online would be to include your favorite scripture verse in the signature of your email. Most email accounts and applications allow you to set up automatic signatures. In everything remember that God’s word is powerful and effective (Hebrews 4:12). Don’t be ashamed of the Gospel (Romans 1:16), but be empowered by it to link others to Jesus.

Talking Like Jesus is another way that we can overcome evil with good. In fact, not talking like Jesus could cause the sharing of Jesus to give a disservice to God’s name. With technology it is important to watch what we say. In the cyber-world there are no take-backs. Screen shots and massive databases have records of everything that occurs online. Eyes that we forget are watching will be hurt and harmed by the words and pictures we share and post. Consider everything you say online and how it will sound to the most innocent and sensitive of ears. If there is some offense to be had in your words or actions, keep them to yourself. Remember that in baptism you are baptized into Christ (Galatians 3:27) and that Christ lives in you, the hope of glory for yourself and for those around you (Colossians 1:27). Remember, if it was possible to talk like Jesus all the time we wouldn’t need Him. In times of error and harm that we cause to others it becomes more important to seek Jesus.

Seeking Jesus is important to do when we fail. Proverbs 28:13 tells us that whoever conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy. The sad truth is that we are always failing. Isaiah 64:6 is clear even our best deeds are like filthy rags. 1 John 1:9 is clear that if we say we are without sin we are deceiving ourselves. Seeking Jesus because of what we see, say and do online is is important because Jesus is where we find healing for the hurts we experience and inflict. Seeking Jesus is also important to build us up as we walk in the Light. There are many resources available online for devotional use. Trinity’s website has our Pastor’s sermons posted weekly for our meditation and growth. BibleGateway.com is a great site for getting into the word and the YouVersion Bible application is a great app for your personal devices. The best resources you can find online are your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. As we walk together we should not shy away from sharing, being and seeking Jesus together.

As parents we are examples for our children. We fail to realize how strongly our children emulate us. Children will grow up talking, eating, working, studying and worshiping the way they see their parents doing it. The flip side though is that children will also complain, bicker, blame, gossip, and sin like their parents. Please realize the importance of being Christlike for your children. But more importantly remember the need for Christ’s forgiveness when you fail. His love is for you.

For further reading about being a Christian online, check out these links:

5 Questions a Christian should ask themselves before logging on

8 Ways to use your social networks to increase your church’s reach

Feel free to share your thoughts and ideas in the comments below. I would love to learn from you!