Many of us want to participate in mission trips but have trouble finding time, funding or both. There’s a long list of excuses as to why you may not be able to do mission work right now. And as valid as they may be, that does not mean you can’t do the work of God right from where you are. That’s right, you can spread the word and love of God from the comfort of your home.
I have been working on my “Social Media Mission” since this time last year and I must say, motivation is the number one key to success. However, there are a lot of other factors that go into making social media your mission field. Here are a few of my tips for sharing your faith online and making an impact from wherever you are.
- Be consistent. You have a bigger impact when you are able to build community and people actually want to read/listen to what you have to say. Consistency will help you to establish your legitimacy. If you want to take this seriously, having a normal post/upload schedule that people can rely on is really helpful and people will notice and appreciate that you care enough to do so. I had trouble with this the first few months of having my Instagram account, which is what I started my “mission” on. I created my account around August 2015 and started regularly posting December 2015. Since then, I have also created this blog (in February 2016) and also manage a Pinterest If you have trouble with staying active with your accounts, channel or blog, remind yourself of Jesus Christ and how he never gave up or took breaks. Not to say that you can’t ever take a day or week, or however long you need off, but going missing without a word for months probably won’t help your mission very much.
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” -Hebrews 13:8
- Show your passion. Readers can tell when you don’t enjoy the photos you take or the posts you write or whatever you may be doing, for that matter. If you are not enjoying whatever platform you are using, maybe find a new one. For example, YouTube is great but it isn’t for everyone. And maybe you aren’t the best photographer or photo editor so Instagram and Tumblr aren’t your cup of tea. In that case, try twitter or create an online blog. If you are having fun with it, your passion for Christ will show effortlessly. I found my passion in bible journaling scripture which is really what started all of this.
“Be strong and immovable. Work enthusiastically. Nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.” – 1 Corinthians 15:58
- Stay motivated. If you have lost motivation in some way and can’t find inspiration to keep going with your mission, that is something you should probably talk to God about. Pray and God will answer and pull you out of your rut!
“He reached down from heaven and rescued me; He drew me out of deep waters.” -Psalm 18:16
- Collaborate with others! Build other Christians that share your mission up. The more we empower one another the greater the impact we will make in this world. That could mean asking another Instagram account to write about a similar topic as you, running a photo contest together or whatever it may be.
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.” -Philippians 2:3
- Be personable. Share your own experiences and testimonies if you can. It may be hard to share what you have been through, and maybe don’t start with the hardest times, but even sharing a small story can make a big difference. People learn better when they can connect and relate to the “teacher”. Even if you just talk about a time God answered your prayer in a unique way or the time God alleviated your anxiety before an important exam, it can help your audience to know you on a deeper level and you can show others that they are not alone. It can be scary to make yourself vulnerable in that way, but your followers will appreciate your openness and honesty and the outcome will be worthwhile.
“Don’t be afraid. Just believe.” -Mark 5:36
- Make it fun. This goes with showing your passion but, just to expand on that, be sure not to do anything that feels like a chore to you. Make this an exciting learning experience for you and find joy in your “mission”.
“Always be joyful.” -1 Thessalonians 5:16
I am still “on my mission” and I plan on continuing with this journey as long as I can. The best part of having a Christian account and blog is getting to know all of you guys and meeting other fellow online Christian “missionaries” that I can learn from and grow with. I have asked a few lovely ladies to share with us about their insight on online missions and how they share the word and love of God through their platforms. Here is what they had to say:
Jesse from @jesusgrewaflower on Instagram and Jesusgrewaflower.weebly.com said “I use social media to share God’s love by posting about God. I want someone to look at my account and say ‘That’s a girl who loves the Lord!’ I hope that it will encourage Christians to walk closer to Him.”
Morgan from @children_ofchrist on Instagram said “By sharing the love of God through Instagram I am able to reach thousands and thousands of people that would never have been able to hear His Word otherwise. This is not only a huge opportunity, but a remarkable privilege that the Lord has given me.”
Christy from @smilinforchrist on Instagram said “The way I use social media as a “mission field” is just making up devotionals that will show God’s love to other people. I like to add themes and relate my devotions to real life. I love to inspire other people to experience God in new ways, so I use social media to prompt people to start spending time with God. It’s basically what you do in actual missions, just through the internet!”
Kaya from @gods.faithful.servant on Instagram said “My mission is to help those in need of God. I’ve struggled with God’s existence and I don’t want others to go through that. I love to inspire people about God and His love.”
Angel from @jesusrunsmylife on Instagram and teenfaith777.wordpress.com said “Social media is one of the best ways to spread the Gospel of CHRIST. It goes all over the world.”
Cassandra from @blessedbytheson on Instagram said “Sharing God’s love on the internet is one of my favorite things to do. With this Instagram account, I have been able to reach out to so many teens who were lost but are now found! It has been a wonderful experience for me and I hope others decide to do it as well.”
Lexi from @happilylexi on Instagram and The HappilyLexi Show on YouTube said “I spread the love of God by posting positive quotes about hope and belief in Jesus. I encourage others to see God in everyday life by letting them know that he is everywhere and always with us.”
Maybelle from @teens__forgod on Instagram said “This is a Christian account I share with my best friend Alyssa. We both want to share the love of God through social media while making new friends and sharing devotions with other Christian accounts.”
Finally, @sparkleformysavior on Instagram and sparkleformysaviorr.weebly.com said “Social media, I believe is an underutilized resource for reaching people with the gospel. We have access to people across the world at our fingertips, so why not use it to make a difference in our generation? I spread the love of God online through my Christian and private account because I believe that it’s good to encourage people in their faith, but we also need to be reaching out to unbelievers.”
Thank you to all of these wonderful ladies for sharing their mission with us here and be sure to check out their accounts and tell them Danielle sent you, if you get the chance! I hope you have been blessed by this post and possibly inspired to start your own online mission. Be sure to leave me a comment with your Instagram account or other platforms so I can check them out and give you a follow!
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