Some days ago, I was searching online for social media accounts that could serve as influencers for Allen Dew; the criterion was that the accounts should have 500k followers on Instagram and Facebook. My search went beyond Nigerian personalities; I looked at some western personalities too. I discovered a trend which was interesting to me; Christian personalities and literary “celebrities” do not have the followership I thought they should have, even though they have very good name recognition and are active on social media. The case is different for entertainers though.
This is to fellow young people, Christian youths; where do you keep your treasures? Wherever you keep your treasures will determine the decisions you make about life in general. We all have a version of our lives in the virtual world (online); who do you want in your online space? Where the treasure of a person is, there his heart shall be. I like entertainers and I follow them on social media; I go to church, watch gospel programs and I adore some gospel artists too, so I follow them on social media too. I want them in my space. I listen to radio, so I adore some media personalities, who are not entertainers, but speak the language that makes humanity better. So, I follow them on social media.
If you want a well-balanced Christian life, you must put your treasures in the right place and allow certain right people into your space. You cannot go through the whole day just listening to things that do not edify your spirit. Sometimes, all you need to get through a day is a right quote or picture that speaks to your spirit. I assure you, you can get it by allowing some of these people into your online space.
I am not surprised that an entertainer will have 1million followers on Instagram; we all like the ones that bless us and make us better humans. I am surprised that the music ministers we adore and love will have less than 50k followers or the lovely voices on radio who speak the language of humanity will have less than 100k followers; that, for me, is baffling. Where are all the church people who cry on Sundays while worshiping or the people who attend all these concerts where these ministers bless us with their gifts. Hmmm, you just want their blessings but you don’t want them to be part of your life.
As more and more people, Christians inclusive, begin to spend more time online, we need to be careful that our online space is reflective of how we want our lives to turn out. One expert said that every person is the average of the closest five people in their lives. As life turns more virtual, the lifestyle of the people you allow in your online space will begin to reflect in your lives. Please, think carefully about this. The decisions we make today define our tomorrow and the things we ingest, be it physical or psychological, will also reflect and sharpen the directions of our lives. Once again I ask you, where is your treasure?