"Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit." Matthew 28:18 (NLT)
We have been commanded by Jesus to be disciples who make disciples. The word "go" in this verse, spoken by Jesus and written in Greek, literally means as you are going. This phrase creates the picture of a disciple, no matter where they find themselves, always taking advantage of the opportunities they are given to share the good news of Jesus Christ. This way of living out the Great Commission would include our digital platforms. We need to see the time we spend on social media and in our virtual worlds as opportunities to share Jesus. The following prayer contained in Adam Thomas' book Digital Disciple provides, what I believe, is God's heart for His children as they intersect with the digital frontier:
Gracious God, your presence abounds in every corner of your creation. As I wander the paths of the ever-changing and expanding virtual part of that creation, I pray: When I am distracted by the new, the fast, and the shiny, Give me eyes to see your presence, Lord. When I allow the Tech to limit my senses, Give me eyes to see your presence, Lord. When I fail to remember that you are everywhere, Give me eyes to see your presence, Lord. When someone reaches out to me, Help me deepen our connection, Lord. When I desire my version of other people over the people they actually are, Help me deepen our connection, Lord. When I go no further than fleeting and transient interactions with other people, Help me deepen our connection, Lord. When I allow the virtual world to shrink my life to the two dimensions of the computer screen, Help me resist isolation, Lord. When I ignore the world around me in favor of the virtual one that I can control, Help me resist isolation, Lord. When other people invite me to be a part of their community, Help me resist isolation, Lord. When I feel that I have no time at all, Slow me down, Lord. When the demands of an immediate world squeeze out everything else, Slow me down, Lord. When I fail to give you space to work in my life, Slow me down, Lord. Grant me the patience to seek you, The grace to find you, And the courage to bring you to all I meet In both this world and in the virtual ones. All this I pray in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ, Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and forever. Amen."
Thomas, Adam. Digital Disciple. Abingdon Press. Kindle Edition.