Answer true or false to these three statements about your smartphone:
True or False? Your smartphone is the first thing you touch in the morning and the last thing you touch at night.
True or False? You take your smartphone with you almost everywhere you go. It is well sewn into the patterns of your life.
True or False? Your smartphone is a tool, and like any other tool, its use is determined by the user rather than the tool itself.
If you answered true to any of these statements, then you might agree that smartphones are one of our greatest daily influences. Our smartphones allow us to reach the world with our fingertips in mere seconds like never before. This is why your smartphone, if used with intentionality, can serve as one of your greatest tools to help you grow!
Every tool has a purpose, and the owner of that tool is the one who decides it. Your smartphone will either have a spiritual purpose or one that’s destructive. Resolve to allow your smartphone to help you grow spiritually.
Here are six tips to help you get started.
Listening to Scripture while getting ready in the morning or during your daily commute can help you to memorize and meditate on truth. So pop in those earbuds—you will be amazed at how much Scripture you’ll remember! You can listen using YouVersion (a.k.a. The Bible App).
Multiply your time.
I enjoy reading books, but I don’t enjoy carrying them everywhere. With just one click, you can purchase books on your Kindle or iBooks app. When you find yourself waiting with minutes or hours to spare, grab your smartphone and start reading! Here are links to the Kindle versions of some of our favorite books for your reading list:
Lies Young Women Believe by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth and Dannah Gresh
Answering the Guy Questions by Leslie Ludy
Girl Defined by Kristen Clark and Bethany Baird
And the Bride Wore White by Dannah Gresh
Connected by Erin Davis
Message on the go.
Are you constantly on the go? I challenge you to add Podcasts to your week. I enjoy listening to the Revive Our Hearts podcast and many others while doing chores!
We schedule appointments and are diligent to fulfill our commitments when they are important. What if you set a daily reminder on your smartphone to meet with God? If you already have a consistent time you meet with the Lord, consider setting a daily reminder to pray. For example, set an alarm for every Monday at 3 p.m. to pray for an unsaved friend.
Be mission minded.
A close friend of mine recently connected with a couple from her church who traveled overseas to do missions. My friend used WhatsApp Messenger to send this family both written and audio messages filled with Scripture and specific prayers. You may not personally know any missionaries, but apps like Voice of the Martyrs Pray Today list specific ways we can pray and serve the unreached and persecuted church.
Managing social media.
It’s also possible to use your social media to grow in your faith. Evaluate your social media using these three steps: maximize, minimize, mute.
Have you ever been influenced by someone to pursue Christ more intimately? If so, consider following your favorite ministries who are committed to truth-based content. This is a great way to maximize the influence of positive encouragement on your social media. I can’t count the number of times I’ve logged onto Facebook totally discouraged, only to scroll down my timeline and be reminded of God’s steadfast love through shared Bible verses and sermon clips.
One of the hidden ways social media is able to pull us in so frequently is by notifications. A helpful tip is to silence notifications or simply remove certain apps on your smartphone. Removing the Facebook app on my smartphone and accessing Facebook only on my computer has allowed me to be more intentional when logging on.
We can’t always control what others post, but we can control what we allow ourselves to consume on our feeds. Scripture is clear, “Bad company corrupts good morals” (1 Cor. 15:33).
Do you need to unfollow some people who are influencing you negatively?
The goal of our lives is to glorify God in all that we say and do (1 Cor. 10:31). Would you join me in this fight to be intentional with our smartphones? I’d love to hear from you! What are some ways your smartphone has helped you grow spiritually?