Are you a Christian who identifies writing as your God-given talent?
Is the written word your best form of communication? Do your brothers and sisters in Christ find encouragement in your writing? Is a desire burning within you to put pen to paper to share with others, in the best way you know how, about God’s love?
If you’re answered “yes!” to any of the questions above, buckle up, my friend. It sounds like God is calling you to be a writer.
But, what does this calling entail? Join me the first Wednesday of each month in 2021 as we discover what writing for God–writing by faith–is like, and how we can navigate its highs and lows while keeping our hearts on God.
Part One: Answering the Call
6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;
7 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;
8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.Romans 12:6-8, KJV
God gives each of us a unique gift to help spread knowledge of His love to others. There are endless forms of ministry: from preaching to teaching, from singing to building, from being a caretaker to someone who can provide tough love. Writing is no exception, and it’s a unique calling that can, in a way, involve influences from all other callings.
Are you intimidated yet? Don’t be, my friend. From the outside looking in, writing appears to be a dark and treacherous road full of twists and what-ifs. And, it can be if we lose sight of our Why: the Light at the end of the tunnel, the reason we stepped foot on this path in the first place. So, how do we go about answering the call to write for God without being tempted to explore the dark caverns that appear off the road ahead?
Step 1: Commit Your Writing to God
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.Ephesians 2:10, KJV
If God has called us to be writers, we must first acknowledge the fact that He gave us this calling to better His kingdom–not our own. Let me repeat that again. If we decide to write for God, we must not begin to expect money, fame, or accolades from our contributions. Though we will go into more detail on this specific topic in later posts, I want to instill this in your mind from the beginning: if you declare you’re writing for the glory of God and then stray into pursuing your own interests (i.e. focusing on sales the most, sexier stories, more secular content than Christian), you will stumble into the dark trenches and despair will reek havoc on you. Writing–your God-given gift–will feel like a chore when done for selfish gain. Only when you set your sights on completing your ordained tasks (walking in the good works) to do His workmanship (letting others know about Him) will you feel true fulfillment.
Step 2: Take the Leap of Faith
The second step, if your heart is in the right place, is to take the leap of faith and start using your gift of writing to reach, teach, and edify others. And no, writing to glorify God does not mean you have to stick to non-fiction works. Remember the parables Jesus told in the Bible? Biblically sound works of fiction can be just as impactful for glorifying God as any non-fiction title by Billy Graham or C.S. Lewis. Different readers have different tastes, and God may be wanting you to hone in on a specific niche.
For me, God revealed a need within the fiction book market: many teens and young adults find Christian fiction to be too bland and not containing relevant or relatable topics, while the majority of secular YA books contain vulgar content and inappropriate messages that can lead readers to stray from Christ. He has aided me in finding a way to write realistic, thought-provoking, redemptive Christian YA that honors God without sugarcoating the realities of the fallen world we live in. That is my mission as a writer, and I hope it comes across in the books I’ve released.
For you, it may mean writing poetry. Or short stories. Or epic fantasy books that include Christian allegories. And, if you are called to write Christian non-fiction blog posts or books that discuss theology or mental health, there is nothing wrong with that! If God has called you to be a writer for His glory, He will put your writing in the hands of readers who need it. All you have to do is seek His guidance, and write on.
Talk to Me, Arrowheads!
What did you think of Part One of the Writing by Faith series? If you’ve already answered the call, what further advice do you have for new Christian writers?
Stay tuned for Part Two: Avoid Gaining the World & Losing Your Soul, coming Wednesday, February 3rd!
Aim high, stay strong, and always hit your mark.