By Eric Elder
The Ranch

Today we’re celebrating, “Internet Evangelism Day,” which is simply a day to remind you to use this great tool known as the Internet to share your faith with others. The Internet was made specifically for delivering messages, and we as Christians have one of the greatest messages to deliver…our hope and faith in Jesus Christ!

So today, I’d like to give you 5 tips for how you can use the Internet to share your faith with others in a way that’s both natural and effective. Having shared my faith full-time over the Internet for the past 16 years, I’m still amazed at what God can do with our smallest of efforts. For today’s tips, I’m going to highlight some recent examples from my oldest two daughters, because they’re both extremely natural and effective at how they share their faith! (I’ll save some excellent examples from my other kids for another day!)

1) Be open. One of the best ways to share your faith is to simply be open with others about what God is doing in your life. You don’t have to share just the “big deal” things, but the little, everyday deals, too, as you see God working in your life. Here’s a simple post from my 20-year old daughter’s Facebook page a few days ago:

“If you ever want to meet people in an airport, just walk around with a guitar in hand. 😉 Haha! Love it! 😀 Another thing, never doubt God’s faithfulness and provision! He is able to do abundantly more then we can even ask or imagine, He is so good!”

She shared a simple thought from her day, along with a quote from the Bible, and even though she didn’t quote the chapter and verse (Ephesians 3:20), she shared a truth about God and a word of encouragement for her friends.

2) Be honest. You don’t always have to share just the positive things that are going on in your life. It’s OK to share the hard things, too. But as you share, remember to point people back to God and to the Bible, the Source from which you draw your hope. Here’s a post from the same daughter’s page a few days before, when she had to leave her friends at the end of the school year:

“Hardest night ever. :‘( I never want to have to say goodbye again. Why does it have to hurt so much to leave everyone you love? Tonight I am holding on to the promise that no matter where I go God is always with me and that gives me hope. Psalm 33:20-22.”

She didn’t shy away from the fact that it was a hard day, but she continued to look to God herself, which has a natural tendency to encourage others to do the same.

3) Be yourself. If God is part of your life, then share that part with others. Here’s the beginning of a post that my daughter sent out recently on her own blog, along with a picture of a young woman facing into a forest in front of her:

“This is kinda how I feel right now. On the brink of stepping into the woods of something so much bigger then me. Its dark and scary, threatening to overwhelm me and make me forget that my heavenly Father is right next to me walking me through it every step of the way.”

The blog post continues for several more paragraphs, describing her feelings, and how God has spoken into those feelings. It’s a terrific way to share what it looks like to walk with God every day. (You can read the rest of her post at: http://sapphiraadi.tumblr.com/ ).

Don’t underestimate what God can do with posts like this! I began writing a weekly devotional several years ago, sending it to family and friends and inviting others to subscribe, too. Now, after combining my list with a friend’s, we’re sending those messages out to over 35,000 people each week, including you! I’ve used a similar method over the years, simply sharing what God has been doing in my life and how those things relate to Scriptures that I’ve read.

4) Ask questions. As you share your life and your faith with others, invite them into the conversation. My 16-year-old daughter was filling out an application for a summer program that asked her a thoughtful question, so she asked it to her friends. Here’s the question:

“What character in the Bible, other than Jesus, do you enjoy or are challenged by the most? And why?”

After getting dozens of replies, she discovered that the question intrigued many other people as well. Their responses became part of their collective conversation about God, faith, and their own personal thoughts on many biblical stories.

5) Share Scriptures. There are so many quotes posted on the Internet. One of my favorite is this one: “What makes Facebook so great is the fact that you can make up absolutely random quotes and then attribute them to famous people.” – Albert Einstein (Of course, Albert Einstein was long gone before Facebook started).

But the truth is, with so many quotes out there, it’s a natural place to share the most quoted book in the world, the Bible…and so many of the truths in the Bible are so practical and helpful, people appreciate the advice. My 16-year old daughter recently posted this quote from the Apostle Paul:

“The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 4:5-7

She simply quoted a verse that spoke to her that day, and from the comments that she got back, it spoke to others as well. There’s great wisdom in the Bible, and God loves it when we share His words with others, for then He can speak directly to their hearts.

These are just a few ideas about sharing your faith on the Internet. I haven’t even touched on tips for YouTube, Twitter and dozens of other great technologies. I’d love to hear yours! You can post them on my Facebook page at the links below! But most of all, I just wanted to encourage you to be real with your friends. Let them see your faith in action, and let them know what God is doing in your life. As Jesus said:

“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house” (Matthew 5:14-15).

Let’s pray…

Father, thank You for this great tool called the Internet that we can use to share about you with so many people, so quickly, all over the earth. I pray that we would make the best possible use of it today, bringing hope to those we know, and even though we may not yet know! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Godspeed

Webpastor B

www.agapesenteret.org

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