21st October 2013

Tweeting Good News! 

“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light…”
Ephesians 5:8 (NIV) 

Even if you don’t use it, you may well have heard of Twitter, the social media website. Most probably in a negative way. The newspapers have been full of stories on how anonymous Twitter users have targeted hateful and spiteful messages at others. Some twitterers (as I am told they are called!) have started unfounded rumours, and others have abused their position and revealed the names of individuals in sensitive court cases. 

So perhaps Twitter is best left undiscovered! I certainly had no interest in it—I couldn’t quite see the point. But recently, a Christian friend of mine started tweeting (yes, believe or not, it is turned into a verb!) and asked if I would like to follow his thoughts. I took the plunge and signed up. 

I found a completely different world to the one described in the newspapers. Yes, all those nasty, horrible things do take place, but I can only find them if I go looking for them. Instead, I have built up a list of twitterers who I am interested in—mainly friends and Christian authors. 

If you want, you can follow the Archbishop of Canterbury! Even Day by Day is represented (@GCIdaybyday), with a quick summary of each day’s article. I personally don’t tweet – but I am very interested in the thoughts of those I follow. 

Twitter is just like the rest of life. Nasty and vicious people can be found on the internet, in our communities, and in our workplaces. We avoid being caught up in their spider webs of horror, and pray that God, in his grace, will rescue them from these patterns of abuse. 

As the Apostle Paul was moved to say, “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15-16). I am grateful for those people who make the most of Twitter and fill their tweets with the fruit of light, which is defined by Paul as “all goodness, righteousness and truth” (Ephesians 5:9). 

Twitter isn’t for everyone, that’s for sure. In the grand scheme of things, Twitter will pass away like all material things on this Earth. But the character of Jesus Christ, which our Father is building in us through the Holy Spirit, will last for eternity. Whatever we do in life, whether it involves Twitter or not, let’s live as Paul exhorts: “Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” (Ephesians 5:1-2). 

Father, you have redeemed us from the darkness of this fallen world. Fill us with your desire to live as children of light, always giving thanks to you for everything.  In our Redeemer’s name, Jesus, we give you praise.

Study by Ian Woodley


ianwoodleyAbout the Author:
Ian Woodley pastors the Nottingham Grace Communion Church, that meets at 2pm Saturday, as below.  Ian also facilitates a monthly Bible Study in Lincoln, which generally meets on a Saturday at 1:30pm.  They welcome visitors to join them—for more details contact Ian Woodley as below.

Local Congregation: 
Nottingham Grace Communion
Lucy Brown Hall
Attenborough Lane

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Ian Woodley
Email:  icgwoodley@gmail.com

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