Yesterday, I posted a verse on “His Light Shines” Facebook page, as I do from time to time. I find it interesting that these verses often get more attention than my blog writing. Not sure if that means anything for me or not. Perhaps it is just the nature of Facebook. People like to scroll, as do I. I’ve tried to shorten up my writing but keep getting led back to what I do – I write until I’m done. Yesterday’s post was different in that it was Shared 59 times and reached almost 1,200 people! This was all organic (not through paid promotion). Now, I’m not going to be so foolish to say that my site is so special. What I am saying is that the Word of God is powerful!
Before I share with you that verse, I am going to ask you a favor. The whole purpose of my writing is to encourage believers to let His Light Shine (2 Cor. 4:6) by giving them things to think about. This all started with a small men’s group several years ago. I would send an email to the group whenever we shared the gospel so that we all might pray for the individual. It grew from there. Today, there are over 500 followers of HisLightShines.com and 450 of the Facebook site “His Light Shines”. There are also nearly 100 on my original email list. I’m not saying that that many are reading it every day, but that many are following it. I find this incredible!
The hunger for God’s word is real. It’s true when Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” (John 10:27) Don’t get me wrong. I am not the word of God. I just talk about what I read in the bible. Apparently, that strikes a chord with a few people. It’s rewarding when someone, out of the blue, contacts me and tells me how a particular post has touched them and emboldened them to share their story with others. That’s the whole point! Our story isn’t ours to keep but rather to tell! Remember what Jesus told the demon-possessed man when he wanted to go with Jesus?
Mark 5:19-20 And he did not permit him but said to him, “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him, and everyone marveled.
Yet, in our day-to-day lives, we sometimes lose sight of this command. Writing helps me to stay focused so that I might tell others what Jesus has done for ME. By sharing, I get the opportunity to encourage you to do the same.
So, you can help in all this. How? By inviting your friends to like His Light Shines on Facebook or follow hislightshines.com to receive regular emails. Of course, the more you share or like posts, the more exposure it gets, so please be active readers. If you are shy, take a chance! Share those posts! It’s exciting to publicly declare that Jesus is Lord!
Now, here’s yesterday’s verse that got all that attention:
Psalm 84:10-11 For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.
As far as I can tell, one guy posted this to a Christian group site saying, “Love this” and it started getting shared and reshared. I’m not sure how he first saw it. No matter. It was pretty cool to watch it happen.
Father, thank you for all the good that comes out of social media. Your kingdom is proclaimed all through it! Who knows! Perhaps someone on the other side of the earth may one day become a believer through what we post of Facebook. Let it so be! Amen!
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