I mean, who doesn’t love some form of social media? There’s literally an app to fit every personality type, and with all of the options available it seems social media consumes all of our free time.
I myself frequent Instagram way to often at times, using it as a means to buffer in-between time or even to steal a few moments alone. What I soon realized is that instead of taking advantage of those moments to pray, I was missing out on quality time I could’ve been spending getting closer to God.
Don’t get me wrong: social media definitely has its perks. We can interact with others, get inspired, stay connected, network, grow our brands, and do so much more. But when social media hinders you from getting closer to God, it’s a problem and with the new year upon us, it’s time we addressed that problem.
Truth is, Social Media Can Be Pretty Addictive.
When you want to get closer to God, social media can be a real hindrance sometimes, especially if you’re a new Christian or aren’t firmly established in your faith. If you’re not careful, it can be slightly addictive, and you’ll end up spending lesser time with God and more snapping, tweeting, and liking.
Being on social media all of the time can cause you to look at others and want to be like them. You may find yourself comparing your godly lifestyle to theirs, and ending up disappointed or even resentful. And it’s easy to become influenced by what you see, even if what you’re being presented isn’t reality.
As we all know, social media is full of filters, ads, images, videos, and all sorts of other content that vies for your attention and more often than not, God is nowhere around.
As Christians, we need to make it our goal to point our attention upward and give God the time He deserves. When you have those extra moments, don’t always be so quick to open up Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, or Snapchat. Give God the time He deserves and He will reward you accordingly.
Plus, your selfies can’t save you.
It’s fun to get likes and comments and all of that others stuff, but that’s all temporary and honestly doesn’t amount to a hill of beans when it comes to our walk with Christ.
There’s nothing with sharing (tactfully), but don’t allow yourself to become motivated by whether or not people like what you post. Focus more on what God thinks about you, and that He is pleased with the way you live your life!
And when you are on social media, try to follow and connect with people who inspire you to get closer to God. Besides,
Being connected to God > being connected to WiFi.
In today’s society, we pretty much all need access to the internet. It’s our way through school, helps us get places, stay updated with the latest news, and learn new things. Naturally, if it weren’t for internet connection, I wouldn’t be writing this post and you wouldn’t be reading it.
But the majority of your day and/or free time shouldn’t be spent perusing all the social media apps you could possibly download without making any time for the Creator.
Wouldn’t it be awesome this year if we committed to being more connected to God and not solely consumed with being connected to others via social media? God wants to spend more time with you! He loves when we make Him a priority over everything else that competes for our attention.
When was the last time you really prayed? I’m not talking about your quick, “Thank you for waking me up this morning,” or that 30 second “Now I lay me down to sleep prayer.” When was the last time you had a real conversation with God? When was the last time you opened your Bible and studied it?
It’s time to make an investment in your soul. Let’s pursue a deeper, closer relationship with God and always make sure that He is the first priority in our lives. He’s more important than anything or anyone- (including your social media profiles!)
I leave with you these important words from Jesus himself in Mark 8:36:
“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”
In other words, don’t become so consumed with the things of this world that you lose sight of what’s really important, which is your relationship with God!
So don’t forget to take time every day to get off social media, and converse with God. He’s more important than your social life+ your side hustle!