Today’s blog post is going to be a little different than a “normal Tuesday” post. If you bear with me, I’d like to share something that’s been on my heart lately.
There’s something that’s been rolling around in my head for awhile now.
Over the past month, I really started taking blogging seriously. Although school is my priority, I have really been interested in taking my blog and social media presence to the next level.
I recently started posting more on my Instagram — posts about fashion, lifestyle and encouragement. It’s exactly what I’ve been doing here, just more frequently and with a little more fashion.
About a week ago, the devil began to feed me lies. And He succeeded. He told me that I wasn’t pretty enough compared to other girls. He told me that I wasn’t good enough to do this blogging thing. He told me that my worth was dependent on the amount of likes and the amount of followers I had. And I really took those lies to heart.
Now I’m not proud of this, but I’m humbled by what God taught me through it. By the grace of God, the Lord showed me my faults and humbled me.
My social media presence had began to consume and occupy my mind. I had slipped into the comparison trap and I thought I had to conjur up a “perfect look” to please people. Just a few nights ago, I laid in bed and cried out to Jesus, asking Him to release me from this hold. Because it was exhausting constantly obsessing over social media.
Finally He gave me release. He brought Colossians 3:17 to my mind.
“Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”
He also gave me Matthew 5:6.
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your FATHER who is in heaven.”
And finally, 1 Peter 4:10-11.
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies–in order that in everything, God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.”
Wow. I was in awe how the Lord freed me from the devil’s hold on me. The lies were put away and I could now see reality.
What reality, you ask? The reality is that as Christians, our identities belong in Jesus. We have each been bought with a price. I am not my own. I am a new creature and I am called to live to serve Jesus. And as a child of the King, whatever I do needs to be for Jesus. Whatever I do, whether its posting a fashion picture, speaking to a friend or texting a relative, I should do for the glory of Jesus. My heart needs to be in the right place — it needs to long for God’s glory to be displayed.
Not for the praise of man.
Not for the likes or the number of followers.
For the glory of Jesus.
So why am I mentioning this? Perhaps you’ve fell into the “comparison trap” like I have. Perhaps you’ve found yourself trying so desperately to make your Instagram or Facebook life look better than it really is. When it comes down to it — where is our heart? What is our motivation? Are we doing that to make ourselves look better or to lift Jesus higher?
Posting a picture of a cute outfit, a delicious meal or your beautiful family isn’t a sin. It’s not a bad thing to want to share your life, advice and talents with the world. But when we start doing things for the praise of man… we will never be satisfied.
Let’s not forget what’s worthwhile. Jesus said in Matthew 6:2-3, “When you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.”
People who parade their “good works” or wealth around for all to see have received their reward. They got earthly praise. The praise of man is utterly worthless in comparison to our heavenly reward.
So in everything, whether in your words or deeds, do everything for the glory of God. You will never be left unsatisfied. God in His glory is enough.