Being a social media influencer is now a career path people aspire to become. One posts on life, adventures, thoughts, products to share with the world. It’s not a bad gig when you think about. You can travel for your job. Try new products. Eat at cool places. All so you can share your experience with those who are following you.
Social Media Influencers have great sway in the social media world. They set trends and help places or products go viral.
After Jesus’ Resurrection letter writing was their form of social media. The four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke & John) were in essence letters to be shared so people can learn together the story of Jesus. Paul, the pastor to the Gentiles, wrote a prolific amount of letters in his ministry. Paul and the Disciples were the original social media influencers.
What we learn from them is using the tools at our hands to share our story of Jesus. What we post on our social media accounts reach 1000s of people. In one click we can reach people all over the world. We can be influencers on social media for Jesus.
So think about it. You can share why you love Jesus. Or you can share what God is teaching you in your devotions. You can have conversations with someone you may never meet in person and teach them about Jesus. Your influence across social media can have great impact for the Kingdom of God.
Just as interacting with people on social media is a regular part of our daily lives it is a natural way to live out the The 168 Life. Whether you are meeting people in person or via social media you can be an example of Jesus to them.
Another way you can think about it is like being a brand ambassador. Over the crazy path that is my career path I have been brand ambassador for small craft breweries. I got to go into liquor and offer people (of legal age) free samples of our beer and tell them about our brewery. It was truly one of my favorite jobs.
In this job I quickly learned that people connect to story. They love to hear how the company got started, what we stand for, why we do what we do. This insight challenged me to see my own faith journey in a similar manner. I represented Jesus as like a brand ambassador. I get to tell other why I love Jesus, how I got to know Jesus, what He is doing in my life.
Now I get to do the same thing in my ministry as a Digital Pastor. I get to tell Jesus’s story on social media. We get to influence our followers on social media for Jesus. We get to be digital missionaries without ever leaving the couch.
As you go online to post a funny picture or share your thoughts for the day think about how you are a social media influencer. You don’t need a huge number of followers to have influence. Just continue to share your story with Jesus. Be open to having conversations with people as the Holy Spirit leads you.
Go out into the digital world fellow followers of Jesus posting Jesus’ story for all to hear on social media!
This Week’s Challenge
Post on one of your social media accounts why you love Jesus or how you came to know about Jesus. Watch for any conversations the Holy Spirit opens up for you to share online.