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“Will sharing my faith on social media, close professional opportunities for me?”

The short answer? Yes and No.

Here’s the good news: God is in control. But…do we really believe this?

Think about it, we sing songs and we proclaim together:

  • “I want what You want, Lord, and nothing less…I will trust in you.”
  • “Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders”
  • “You’re a good, good, father.”
  • “What a wonderful Name it is, Nothing compares to this.”

But when it comes to how that name, that faith, that belief, may impact us and our future opportunities, we start wondering and questioning whether we should share who we put our trust and hope in. We become concerned that we might lose out on an opportunity or the perfect job because of our faith.

As we get ready to head into a new week, we must remember, God is in control and we are not. If our faith-filled posts on social media cost us an opportunity or a job, then so be it. We can trust God and we can trust that he will open the right doors and close the wrong doors.

  • When I was a middle school teacher at a public school, my students asked me to pray in class. Seriously, the entire class asked to pray. Did I do it? Yes, I did, knowing that I could face some consequences. But, I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to bring Jesus into the classroom when my students were asking for it. Instead, my students were encouraged and it opened the door for more conversations.
  • When I was working full-time in social media and was told that I would be responsible for the account of a psychic, meaning I would help them promote their business online, I had to come to the point where my faith and trust in God was more important than my job security.  If I lost my job by saying no to this client, then I lost my job. My faith, what I proclaimed to believe, had to go into action here. I just couldn’t support something that was against what I believed.
  • When I was looking for “secular” work and was offered an interview, I questioned whether or not I should “tone down” my faith-filled posts and faith-filled signature on my email. What if they didn’t like what they saw? I had to make the decision right then and there to be fully me, a Christ-follower. And if I wasn’t offered the job because of my faith, then I knew that wasn’t the right opportunity for me. 

Remember Joseph in the Bible? In Genesis, we read, “The LORD was with Joseph, so he succeeded in everything he did…” Multiple times it states, “The LORD was with Joseph.”

Friend, remember today, the Lord is with you. Your job opportunity, promotion, and ultimately, your success, comes from Him alone. Don’t be afraid to share your faith, your love for Christ online. Yes, it might close some doors, but think of the right doors it could open. Don’t be afraid to share your faith on social media. Your words, your story, your faith, can and will positively impact the life of someone online.

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