~Matthew 5:14-16 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
With the world of social media being so popular, where does a Christian teenage girl fit in? How should she “behave” on Facebook or MySpace? Is she a hypocrite or does her love for the Lord show through? I have several teen girls and young ladies as friends on Facebook. I say this with much sadness but only one of them represents Jesus Christ, our Lord in the manner that is spoken of in the verses above. Sadly, I’ve had to unsubscribe from some feeds because I did not want to set my eyes on their ungodliness 😦 Why didn’t I just unfriend them? Because I pray that my posts will encourage them to repent of their ungodliness and will convict their hearts.
What does your Facebook or MySpace look like, teen girl? Is it a place that your friends see Jesus through you or is it basically the same thing as your unsaved friends? Do you curse on it? Do you post worldly pictures? Do you have pictures of yourself dressed immodestly so you can impress your “friends”? What kind of friends are they if that is what it takes to keep them liking you?
What would your saved parents say if they accessed your account? The best way for you to avoid temptation is to stay accountable. Why not let your parents have total access to your emails and social media accounts? This keeps you guarded and protecting your spiritual walk. You may think I’m “over the top” and unfair, but your parents were given to you by God as your protectors and teachers. You are to honor them and obey them (Ephesians 6:1, Colossians 3:20). This also sets your foundation as a Christian adult.
Jesus said that we are to be a light to a lost and dying world, teen girl. Most teens I have on my Facebook are busy posting things that no saved girl should be posting. They have pictures of themselves with tops that reveal their breasts. What do you think the teen boys are thinking when they see these pictures? If you haven’t read the post I did on this subject, you really should. Modesty – Part 1 and Modesty – Part 2. Please take a moment to read these 🙂
Teen boys who see your pictures (including grown men) are not thinking what a fine Christian young lady you are. I wouldn’t even post things of this nature and I am a grown woman. This reveals to me that these teen girls do not spend time reading and studying their Bible. Knowing God intimately produces modesty. God’s Word says to be different from the world – that means to be different from your unsaved friends. How will your unsaved friends learn about Christ if they look at your Facebook and see posts about Justin Bieber and movie stars. Those people don’t care about Heaven or Hell. Those people only care that you spend your money on their movies and CD’s.
What kind of a light are you for the Lord Jesus Christ, teen girl? Picture yourself in the dark with an unsaved friend with only one flashlight between the two of you. It is so dark, you can’t see anything in front of you. But then you turn your flashlight on and it lights up the whole room. Now you’re able to walk without stumbling into furniture and you and your unsaved friend can easily get around. You had the light that she so desperately needed. Now picture your Facebook page as your flashlight. Is it shining on Jesus Christ?
Do you want to have a positive effect on your friends, teen girl? Then stay away from worldliness – you don’t have to act like your unsaved friends. Jesus gives us the ability to say no to these things.
~1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear [it].
You may not think so, but everything in our lives is a reflection on Jesus Christ: music we listen to, movies we watch, books we read, how we act, words we speak, etc., etc. If unsaved people see you acting like they do, talking like they do, and dressing like they do, they won’t see anything “different” about you. You’re not pointing them to Jesus Christ – you’re just pointing back at them! You can say you are a Christian but if you act like the world, you’re no different than they are. You are no different than the Pharisees that Jesus called hypocrites! Why should they want to hear about salvation from you if you act just like them?
~Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
We are to point the lost to Jesus Christ and explain to them how to be saved, teen girl! Other teen girls are your mission field. You may be the only one that God has appointed to reach them! Most teens don’t want to listen to adults but they will listen to you! Do you know that people watch you all the time? When I was first saved, my co-worker came up to me and put her finger in my face and said, “I’m watching you!” I thought she was kidding but she wasn’t. After she got saved, she explained to me that she was shocked when I “changed” my old habits and replaced them with Godly ones. It was a testimony to her of what God could do in a life.
Just as you can recognize a hypocrite, so can the lost. Are you a hypocrite teen girl? Do you go to your Sunday School’s Teen Class and act one way then hang out with your friends and act another way? Which of these two lives does your Facebook reflect? You should be shining your light to a lost and dying world, which includes your lost friends. By the way, it includes your saved friends, too. If you act like the world, they will think that it’s OK for them to act like the world as well. You are causing your saved friends to sin just as you are sinning.
~John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
Jesus is our light and we are to be a light to others – pointing others to Him. We are to be different, just as the smiley graphic above. 🙂 It’s a very basic picture but it makes my point 🙂 Your friends should look at you and see “something” that they don’t have – that relationship with the Lord Jesus should be shining through.
~1 Peter 2:9 But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
If you are like the teen girls described here today, ask God for forgiveness. Then allow the Holy Spirit to work through you for the benefit of your friends. They need the Lord desperately! Change your Facebook and make it God honoring. Make your Facebook or MySpace a mission field to reach the lost and to guide the misguided wayward Christian teen girl. Each of us has a ministry of some kind for the Lord Jesus Christ, yes, even you teen girl 🙂