If we are not allowing the Gospel to change us but expecting it to change everyone else, then the world will see that kind of message as exactly what it is: a myth that’s not worth giving their lives to. Until we begin to own our faith for ourselves and start to live as though sin actually is bad, Christ actually has rescued us, and the Gospel actually does save, then the church will not flourish and we are wasting our time.
The Centurion’s profession was based upon the short slice of Jesus’ life that he witnessed. The kindness of the Lord led Him to repentance (Romans 2:4). For most of the people in our lives, we have the benefit of living an entire life before them. What message will our lives convey?
Whatever your dreams are, whatever you delight in, consider how these desires can be leveraged for the glory of God and the advancement of His Kingdom, and pursue them with all your might. Dream big, because no matter how big you dream, God’s power is capable of far more.
Despite the lifestyle of most modern Christians, poverty is an ethical problem with which Christians need to deal. At least 80% of the global population lives on less than $10 a day. Where most Americans would consider making even $10 an hour as outrageous, the majority of the human race considers that kind of wage an abundance. This is certainly a Christian problem—and more heavily, it is an American Christian problem. Specifically speaking about American Christians, Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert remark that “by any measure, we are the richest people to ever walk on planet Earth.”
I don’t want to ignore the negative aspects of social media in my life, but I also don’t want to throw the baby out with the bath water and not take advantage of the positive aspects of social media. Here are some guiding principles that I am adopting to try to better harness the power of social media for good, and minimize the effect of social media for bad.