Tips for Christians Navigating the 21st Century
Living for Jesus isn’t just the path to more peace and joy in your life, it’s also the path to salvation. It can feel like the secular world is pulling us away from our beliefs, and there are more distractions and temptations than ever before. But there’s hope for the modern-day Christian. If you want to put Jesus at the center of your life and glorify God in all things, consider putting the following suggestions into practice.
Know What Jesus Would Do
The modern world is full of distractions, many of which are disguised as things that are “normal” and presented to us as harmless. You can develop your discernment about what’s worldly vs. Godly and continue to grow spiritually by guarding what you put into your mind and your heart.
To know Christ is to have the capacity to live a holy life. Regular Bible study and fellowship with other believers will help you understand the heart and mind of Jesus, which in turn will help you make decisions that glorify God. With the Holy Spirit inside of you, ask yourself “what would Jesus do?” in situations where you might otherwise make an imperfect decision that can displease God.
Be Present in the World
Jesus gave His life so that we may have eternal life in the Kingdom of Heaven, but also so that we may enjoy the heaven on earth God has created for us. In the Bible we see how Jesus loved the world and was continuously present in it. To live for Christ, then, means to be present in the world and to appreciate the gift of life that has been given to us. Unfortunately, this is usually easier said than done.
Digital entertainment, social media and general busyness are just a few of the distractions contending for our attention. If you want to be closer to Jesus, start by limiting the unfruitful distractions in your life and being more present in the world around you—including with the people around you. Which brings up another point about getting up and getting outside: it allows you to share the Good News with more people than you’d meet if you spent all your free time playing on your smart phone.
Look for New Ways to Share the Good News
Of course, face-to-face evangelism isn’t the only way to share the Gospel. There are benefits of having access to digital technology. Putting Jesus at the center of your life doesn’t necessarily mean you must forsake things like video games, TV series or social media, but that you should instead look to use these amazing tools to do as God commands and spread the Word.
For example, you can record your testimony and upload it to YouTube to witness for God beyond your immediate sphere of influence. Instagram and Snapchat can also be used to share moments that glorify God, such as a breathtaking sunset or the birth of a child. When sharing these moments, be sure to give thanks and praise to Him so that others may experience your love for God and in turn experience the love He has for them. There are some people who have been able to evangelize through online gaming. There are many ways to reach people.
Push Back Against Lostness
Jesus came to seek and save the lost, and through Him you too have the power to shepherd the lost to God. The 21st century has been marked by a sad increase in the number of lost souls in the world. Living for Jesus, then, means doing your part to combat lostness and extend His Kingdom on earth. There are lots of different ways you can help in 2017 and beyond: donate to missionary support organizations, help plant a church in your community, or witness for God to your friends and family and to the rest of the world online. However you choose to push back against lostness, the Lord will be pleased that you have taken up the mantle of evangelism.
One easy way to push back against lostness is to support the efforts of the North American Mission Board (NAMB), which trains and supports missionaries and church planters in North America. 100% of your donation to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering is used by NAMB to support missionaries, church planters, and their families in the commission against lostness.