@stickyJesus: how to live out your faith online, by Tami Heim and Toni Birdsong, is a book about how to infuse God’s heartbeat into social networks. This post is part of the @stickyJesus Blog Tour of Light. You can follow @stickyJesus on Twitter, Facebook, or learn more about the book at http://stickyjesus.com.
”. . . You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! . . . - Matt. 5:14-16, The Message
Christmas breathes light. Everywhere you turn light wraps itself around you in every hue possible. Can you imagine trying to hide the lights at Christmas time? Try it—you won’t get very far. Once light is on, it’s physically impossible to contain, or rein it in.
You are here to be light. Your life illuminates the hope of heaven to everyone around you—and there’s not a power on earth that can snuff it out. Your Light can change a room, a community, and a world.
The Light of the World has personally put a match to your heart igniting it with an inextinguishable flame. In that moment, you became part of a holy exchange; a source of God’s radiance on earth—a torchbearer in the dark and truth bringer to the nations. The Apostle Paul exhorted the Christians in Philippi that, as believers, we are “to be blameless and innocent in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as light in the world.”
Paul was saying that together, we’re better. Isn’t it great that we don’t have to shine alone? There’s an incredible spirit of unity among believers online, especially in social networks. The body of Christ is logged on and is one of the most powerful witnesses of salvation to the world.
Here, we press in together, weep together, sing together, pray together, and find our way through the dark . . . together. Others see that—exponentially—whether you fully realize it or not.
Just as Olympic athletes who have trained for victory their whole lives carry the torch before opening the games, we too (regardless of denomination) carry the torch for Jesus Christ . . . as the whole world looks on.
What does a torchbearer online look like?
- A torchbearer re-directs a spiraling conversation back to the light.
- He listens to the culture and hears the heartbeats around him.
- She refuses to add to gossip, slander, and crass joking.
- His torch carries life.
- Her torch conveys humility, compassion, and godly perseverance.
- His goal is God’s glory.
Hearts are more open to Christ at Christmas. This time of year is a wonderful (and rewarding) opportunity to carry your torch for Him online, and off. And how much brighter will His light shine when we stand together?
Post/Tweet this today:
Together, we carry a torch that can’t be extinguished. Our goal is His glory. Our Light bears His story. #LiveSticky #All4Christ
Join us tomorrow for The Grace of Light: Compassion for the World at Marie Wikle’s blog.
Question for you:
My own, personal journey into the world of online hope began about five years ago, when I was searching for someone–anyone–who could give me hope as I struggled to heal from childhood sexual abuse and exploitation and their after effects.
And find hope, I did.
Many of the first, brave souls and websites I ran across (and clung to) are listed in my links at the bottom of this page.
Have you ever found light–new (or renewed) hope–via the internet/social media? Have “online torchbearers” contributed to your own, personal journey through the wilderness of brokenness?
What are some ways you can lift your torch to help others through that same wilderness?
Because knowing you’re not alone is half the battle.
And more than one set of hands on the torch makes all the difference.