I consider writing to be one of my gifts. Not in a boastful kind of way, like I’m the best writer in the world – because there are obviously greater, more talented writers – but in a way that suggests God’s hand in my ability to put my thoughts into coherent and meaningful words onto a page. I have always loved writing. Yet, it took me years, decades even, to realize that this passion came from Him and that I could use it for His glory.
I recently wrote for a friend, an explanation of why I write, or more specifically blog, about Jesus. This got me thinking about not just why I write, but why I do anything. Isn’t my purpose in life to reveal God’s glory? So, why just write about Jesus, why not remove the veil of my insecurities, timidity and self-consciousness and do everything for him?
This message has been coming to me clearly in my reading, Bible study and reflection and from the pulpit of our own church. Several weeks ago, Pastor Brian challenged us from the book of John with the suggestion that our job as Christians is to point people to Jesus, just as the disciples did. Then, Crystal posted last week about unwrapping our spiritual gifts in order to avoid being spiritual wimps. Additionally, in the book I am currently reading, Restless, came this quote:
“We possess God and are filled with him for the very same purposes that Peter, John, Paul, Mary, and Luke in the early church were filled with him. We are filled with God to pour him into the darkness, pour him into the broken souls who are starving fir something.”
I think the message is clear. Don’t you?
Here are some the reasons that I listed, when asked why I write about Jesus:
IT IS WHO I AM
I could not write about my life or my experiences without including Jesus in the mix. He is a part of me, and has been since I was seven years old. I can’t write apart from Him. It’s just not possible.
So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27
IT HELPS ME
Bringing God’s light to others is one of the ways I experience His light even more. There have been many times when I have shared my thoughts and reflections on a Bible verse or a song, in order to encourage someone else. As a result, I end up feeling encouraged. Going into God’s presence for others, helps bring me closer to Him.
…I don’t just do what is best for me; I do what is best for others so that many may be saved. 1 Corinthians 10:33
I WANT OTHERS TO KNOW HIM
Although each person’s faith experiences may be unique and my relationship with Jesus Christ may not be the same as someone else’s, I want people to know Him as I do. It’s the same reason I would introduce one friend to another or recommend a good book to someone. When something or someone has made a difference in your life, you want others to know it, in hopes that they will desire it too.
It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always prodcues fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it. Isaiah 55:11 (NLT)
I pray that what God has revealed to me will inspire you to explore why you should write, speak, encourage, live or do anything else for Jesus.