Would Jesus use Instagram?

From the time our parents first began teaching us to communicate, pictures have been a central part of how we connect with others.

Some things don’t change much.

With technology revolutionizing the way we communicate with each other (and even who we can communicate with), the latest hot spot among social media sites — Instagram — largely focuses on interacting with others through pictures.

A key reason why images are so effective for communicating with others is because, when you can’t quite pick the perfect word for what you want to say, a picture portrays the same image to all who view it. At least, all the same elements are visible to everyone who sees the picture.

Sometimes, it’s more powerful to see something.

I think Jesus had a good grasp of that fact. Not only did He instruct His followers to go proclaim the Gospel throughout the entire world, He also taught us to show the world what God can do in a surrendered life.

“You are the light of the world — like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father,” Matthew 5:14-16.

When people look at your life, what do they see? When others view your life, do they praise our heavenly Father?