With social media “fame” set as a goal to many in today’s culture and selfies taken as the daily norm, it is no wonder as to why so many Christians get confused as to how to live a true Christian life. Instant uploads have allowed for everyone to show everyone what they are doing whether good or bad at the blink of an eye. Christians now deem it plausible and acceptable to post everything they are doing for God and in many believers eyes today, it is seen as bringing God glory.
““Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.”
Matthew 6:1-4 NKJV
Jesus commanded us to veer from doing our deeds to be seen by people, to desire praise from others, and yet this is exactly what we see all the time in today’s Christian culture. I see Christians posting statuses about worshipping God while driving, pictures upon pictures of mission trips and videos of them giving to others all while stating that they are simply doing it for God. But if this were true then we would all becareful to keep are good works for the Lord between ourself and God without trying to prove to the world what “good” Christians we are.
This longing to be approved by man stems back to the beginning of time, but has elevated to an epidemic within the Christian church today with the rise of social media and Christian “superstars.” We all need to bring ourselves back down to a humbled position before God and focus more on having a personal relationship and pleasing Him rather than trying to lift ourselves up by the likes and comments of others.
We must becareful as to why we share things and what the true intent within our heart is. We need to make sure that what we are doing and pursuing is truly for the Lord and not just the praise of people. Let us have a humble spirit while serving God to bring Him praise and glory and not just the “likes” of others. Have a blessed day!