As of 2018, the average daily social media usage of internet users worldwide amounted to 136 minutes per day. That’s just over two hours of our waking day spent scrolling through the lives of other people!
What’s your opinion on social media?
Do you believe that ‘all things social media’ are the curse of our times and will ruin our children? Or do you believe that the likes of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp are ingenious advancements of technology and will allow for unlimited possibilities of networking? What is called the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Or have you found a comfortable spot on the fence?
Well, whatever your opinion, today you’re going to use the force of social media to advance the Kingdom of God. Get ready to share, like and post away. You are about to enter the realm of ‘permissible’ and ‘beneficial’ (1 Corinthians 10:23).
Of all the things you will use social media for today, why not use it for mission?
Taking Mission Online
Now, if you’re like me, the word ‘mission’ conjures up images of sharing the Gospel with a remote jungle tribe or standing on a street corner handing out tracts. Actually, that’s not too far from where we’re going today. It’s just that the ‘tribe’ is now online, and the tract, not a piece of paper but a song by the band for King & Country (which is funny when you think about it because it’s still a ‘tract’…).
Why this song?
There are a lot of reasons but maybe part of the lyric from the song gives reason enough.
Oh for the lonely, for the ashamed
The misunderstood, and the ones to blame
What if we could start over
We could start over
We could start over
‘Cause there’s a kind of love that God only knows
This lyric is describing how someone within your social network is feeling right now. It may be your spouse. Your daughter. The teen in your class. Someone who believes no one really cares or is listening. Don’t believe for a minute that everyone is as ‘okay’ as they seem. We are not all politely ‘fine’ today. Someone in your office is struggling.
Now, let it go.
No more reading. Time to listen to the song, then click ‘share’ on the video and choose a social media platform (#sumag). Trust that God will use your ‘click’, your ‘share’, for His purposes in a way that will exceed all you could ask for or imagine (Ephesians 3:20). Welcome to mission social media.