Here are some stats about Facebook and its users:
• Facebook has an estimated 500 million users.
• 50% of those 500 million use Facebook daily.
• The average number of ‘friends’ a person has is 130.
• 200 million people have Facebook on their cell phones.
• People who have Facebook on their cell phones are twice as active on Facebook as those who don’t have it on their cell phones.

Whether you want to admit or not, Facebook is how the world views you. You know the old saying, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” This is also applicable to Facebook.

Your profile is your first impression for many people. What message do you send out to those who view your profile and pages on Facebook? If you are a true Christian, then you must live your life according to God’s precepts and values; even in the virtual world. Here is what the Bible has to say about your image and the impression that it creates.

A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches; and loving favor rather than silver or gold. (Proverbs 22:1) Great riches are things that we value greatly, but the Bible says that your good name (your character and image) is more valuable than either gold, silver, or great riches.

Do you have a good name by what you post and share on Facebook? According to your Facebook page, what would a person who does not know you and sees your profile and what you post, think about your character? What kind of pictures do you have on Facebook? Are they all about nonsense or do they promote a godly character? Looking at some Christian’s posts and pictures, I get the impression that they are still carnal and worldly. (1Cor.3: 1- 3)

What is the central message of the stuff that you post on Facebook? Does it promote worldly values or do you use Facebook as a tool to build godly relationships and share the Gospel? As Christians, we need to be careful what we ‘like and share’.

The wisdom of the wise is to understand his way, but the folly of fools is deceit. Fools laugh at sin, but among the righteous there is favor. (Proverbs 14:8-9)

Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. (Ephesians 5:1-4)

Do you show everyone how thankful you are to God because of all that He has done for you and then share obscene things on your Facebook page for others to see? What kind of impression do you think an unbeliever will have? If there are 500 million people on Facebook, I guarantee you that there is a large portion of them who needs to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ. What are you doing to get that message to them via Facebook? Will an unbeliever have the impression that you live a godly life or that you are just another hypocrite?

More importantly, what do you think God thinks of it? Do you not think that it breaks His heart? When Jesus our Messiah returns as King, will he find you faithful?

Many claim to have unfailing love, but a faithful person who can find? (Proverbs 20:6) [See also Luke 18:8]

As a Christian, we should use every opportunity and every tool that we have to share the Gospel to a lost and dying world. (2Tim. 4:2) We are not to conform to the world but we are to confront sin with the purpose of helping people overcome their slavery to it. There are so many ways to share the Gospel on Facebook: Invite people to your church activities, promote good sermons and articles that share the message of the Gospel, or challenge people to study the Bible. You can also use Facebook to renew old friendships so that you can share how God has been working in your life since you last saw that person.

Why should we do all of this? Because God has blessed us so much! He has rescued us from our slavery to sin and has provided for our salvation so that we can have a relationship with Him! And He wants us to take this Good News to others.

Remember, we will have to give an account to God about what we did with the time He gave us on this Earth. His master replied, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. “Master”’ he said. “I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.” His master replied, “You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest. So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. For whoever has will be given more and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.” (Matthew 25:23-29) [See also II Corinthians 5:10]

If we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ one day to give an account for not only our actions, but for every idle word that we have spoken,(Mat 12:36-37) are you ready to give an account for the things that you look at and promote on Facebook? Will you be able to stand proud for the way that you used what God has given you or will you stand with your head hung in shame?

May the Lord help us to make the most of the time that we have and use Facebook as a great tool to share the Gospel with people instead of using it to promote worldly values.

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  1. Stacy Jensen says:

    You know the old saying, “you never get a second chance to make a first impression”. This is very true and applicable for Facebook. Your profile is your first impression for many people. What message do you send out to those who view your profile on Facebook? If you are a Christian then you must live the Christian life, even in the virtual world. Here is what the Bible has to say about your image and the impression that it creates.

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