Social media. We all use it. It definitely has its advantages and disadvantages alike. Social media allows us to connect with others in a way that has never before been possible. It allows us to stay updated with what’s going on in the world as well as inform others of what’s going on in our lives. With the click of a mouse, information is available for all to see.
What is the first thing others see when visiting your social media profile? It’s your profile picture of course! Your profile picture allows others to get a sense of who you are. Whether your picture portrays you alone, you with a friend or family member or just something you are interested in, it helps others get to know you better.
Just as the way you speak and act in person affects your image and reputation, your profile picture (and all of your posts, for that matter) greatly contributes to your image and shapes the way others view you. So the question is: how do you want others to view you?
Would you like to be viewed as a friendly, wholesome, modest kind of girl? Or an equally friendly girl who doesn’t care how much skin she shows or who sees it? We are told “that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel , with modesty and self-control.” (1 Tim. 2:9)
Ladies, God has a standard for us. If you think it doesn’t matter how you dress or act, you’re wrong. God cares about us and He has laid out a path for us to get to heaven. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
Have you ever been guilty of posting a picture online (in a bathing suit, for example) that you’d be embarrassed about if it was passed around your church? I’m sure we’ve all posted something online that we regretted. Maybe we weren’t thinking about the way others would view it, but the thing is, once something is posted, others will see it and form an opinion about it. Our social media profile pictures and posts are a reflection of who we are. If we are Christians, doesn’t it make sense that these things should reflect that?
Even something as seemingly simple as our dress, whether seen by others in person or online, has a great effect on the way we can evangelize for God. I once heard someone say “The worst thing as a Christian is for you to be close with a non-Christian and for them to think that you are just like them.” That has always stuck with me. I think about that often and want others to be able to see the difference in my life, to be able to see how my relationship with God guides me. We are told in Matthew 5:16 to “let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
Will you follow the standards God has set for us? Will you think about the way God would view your clothing the next time you get dressed? Before you say or do anything, try to ask yourself: is it respectable? Is it modest? Does it show self-control? If the answer is yes, then you can be sure you will please God. Isn’t that what we all strive for? Jesus is our light; let’s not be afraid to let others see it!