Jesus lived in a very different social climate than we do today, sort of. People were still, well, people. No, Jesus did not have a Twitter account, but He still had to deal with people and their thoughts. Yet, don’t you wonder what Jesus would tweet or retweet if He did? I sometimes do. In fact, I had a revelation or conviction shortly after creating my Facebook account that altered my posts dramatically.
I use to post sarcastic remarks about the trials of motherhood or something else relevant to my life at the time. I was looking for sympathy, or hoping someone might laugh and identify a little with my plight. I was looking for connection, I suppose. Then one day it dawned on me. I was reading through my own feed thinking about how people hundreds of years later might assess our culture and society by what we post on Facebook and other social media platforms.
Bringing it home
Then my thought trail became even more personal. My children were all little when Facebook gained mass popularity, therefore they weren’t viewing my posts or anyone else’s for that matter. But I knew someday they might. I began to wonder what they would think about my posts, things I was saying about them, our family, and my views on life in general.
I realized my Facebook page was a diary of my journey and thoughts. What was I imparting to them through the words I chose to post? What kind of legacy was I leaving behind for my children to glean from? What would grandchildren and their children benefit from with the things I shared and posted?
That is when I decided I would stop posting personal frustrations or sarcastic humor, and I reserved my feed for encouraging people and building them up. This one slight adjustment then began to infiltrate more of my daily life. My word choices in my home altered and my outlook shifted as well.
When my speech wasn’t given free reign to negativity I realized how much easier remaining calm and kind with my kids became. In time I also realized, when I spent effort looking for good in the people around me to encourage them, it left little time to fixate on their short-comings.
Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. ~ Ephesians 4:29 nlt
Jesus lived with legacy in mind
Jesus wasn’t any different. He was much better at living from kindness than I have mastered, of course. Jesus lived His life marked with kindness and He constantly encouraged the people around Him to do the same. Jesus lived His life every moment cognizant of the legacy He would leave behind. He knew His time of influence on the earth was short, so He lived on mission and full of purpose.
Jesus was thinking about His legacy when He approached His final days on earth. He prayed for all of us to understand His purpose and for the message to continue on through each of us.
“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity.
Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory,the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.” ~ John 17:20-24
If Jesus lived that way, then I want to too. How about you? Are you living with the end in mind or just going through life with little acknowledgment of the influence your words and actions make on future generations? Maybe for you adjustments or changes need to be made in other areas beyond Facebook. Isn’t it beautiful that we have an active and engaging God who desires to connect with us about even the seemingly trivial matters of life?
Share your story
I encourage you to talk with God today. Maybe your Facebook account is not what He wants to discuss. Holy Spirit touches upon different things with different people depending on their personal journey with God. For me it was adjusting my negative talk, and it started with Facebook. For you it will probably be something else. Whatever it is, I encourage you to listen because whatever God is wanting to talk about will bring you the most life and joy.
What has God been gently directing you towards? What is Holy Spirit highlighting in this leg of your journey with Jesus? Is there any way I can be praying for you as you partner with God’s Spirit into new territory? Share below or privately message me through the contact page. Blessings on blessings, friends!