Writing as a MinistryBy Trillia Newbell | May 2nd, 2013 | Category: Uncategorized | 1 Comment »
“I don’t know why anyone would write about their life for the whole world to read it.” My grandfather once said this to me when I shared with him about my interest in blogging. Needless to say, he is not one of my blog followers!
But his comment does raise a good question, why would someone share their life in that way? Why would someone blog or write articles for other blogs and websites sharing thoughts, stories, and circumstances from their lives?
The are many for why people write, but Scripture gives us the reason for why a Christian would do so: “whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). And similarly, in Colossians it says “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (3:17). Since writing falls into the category of “whatever you do” our writing needs to be for Christ, through Christ, and in Christ. While any kind of writing can be done to the glory of God without specifically mentioning the Bible, this article’s focus is on writing that is done for the sake of ministry and intentionally as ministry.
Because it’s all for Him.
The Apostle Paul wrote in great detail about the work of Christ in his life. From his conversion on the road to Damascus, to conflicts with some of the other disciples, to imprisonment and other hardships, Paul revealed his weaknesses and Christ’s strength in and through him (2 Corinthians 12:9-10). His writing testified about the power of the gospel to change lives, his own included.
Like the Apostle Paul, how can our ministry in writing be done for the glory of God? One way it glorifies God is because it plays a part in the fulfillment of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19). The internet opens the door to the entire world. People in countries around the world can read the words that Christians write online and perhaps read the truth about Christ for the very first time. Writing on a blog or website provides opportunities to share the gospel in a unique and expansive way. We can reach people we would never otherwise meet in person.
Additionally, writing is a way to share with others what God is doing through you, what He is teaching you, and how He is changing you. It’s like a timeline of His testimony of grace in your life. It can provide a day to day open window into the life of someone who has been redeemed. Sometimes it’s messy; sometimes it’s painful. But it’s real life. And when in the midst of that mess we can point others to Christ, that gives Him the glory.
The challenge of writing for Christ and His glory is to keep the focus on Him and His work through us. Sometimes, the desire for comments or an ever growing number on the statistics page can pull us away from writing for Him. We may even compare ourselves to other bloggers and writers and wish we had as many readers as they. In this way, we minimize the work of Christ through us. Our writing then becomes less about doing it for Him and instead for the results that we seek. And our readers then are no longer people but merely a number or a statistic.
The truth is, whether one person reads our writing or one hundred thousand, our audience is first and foremost God. We are writing for Him and His glory. Our prayer is that He uses it to encourage, bless, and draw people to Himself. It may be that He chooses to use our writing to help only a few. But those few people are eternal souls created in the image of God. Each and every one is precious in His sight and they ought to be precious to us as well.
If you are currently writing, I encourage you to continue to do so. God has given you this gift for a reason and He is using it for His glory. If you’ve thought about writing in the public sphere but haven’t, prayerfully consider it. Ask God to use your love of writing for His glory. And if you don’t love writing but have a story you want to tell, pray for God to provide a way for you to glorify Him in whatever way you share that story.
So, who would write abut their life for the whole world to read? I do. The Apostle’s Paul, Peter, and John did. Perhaps you might as well.