A life without lessons isn’t worth living. Continual analysis of what we’re doing will keep us focused and alert. In everything, we must strive to grow and mature.
Bringing glory to Christ is our greatest responsibility (Ephesians 3:20-21). Accordingly, we should always give it our best and pass it along to others.
Striving to write a weekly column consistently for twelve years leads to a lot of analysis and thought. Hopefully, sharing some conclusions can help others who write to the glory of God.
First, God is big, I am not. Ancient kings distributed their will through heralds who shared the pure message as simply and completely as possible. They were messengers, envoys, speaking for another, instead of themselves.
Likewise, as we write, teach or preach, we need to proclaim the message and get out of the way. His word is complete without me (2 Timothy 3:16-17). He alone should be seen in the message.
Writing should be a skill honed by fire. Daily, we should strive to become the best we can be.
As humans, we crave appreciation and respect. Yet, we must be humble enough to contain it as we remember our priorities (James 4:10).
Second, teaching the gospel is the greatest privilege. We must derive our satisfaction from spiritual service because we’re so grateful to our Savior (Ephesians 1:3). His “indescribable gift” is proof enough of our privileged responsibilities (2 Corinthians 9:15, NKJV).
Third, controversy draws more eyes. When we write, we desire readers and attention. Building an audience requires a lot of work and time. Sadly, though, shortcuts are tempting.
Controversy is money and we can exchange our reputations and integrity for attention if we desire. Yet, the truth must always be paired with love (Ephesians 4:15).
While hard truths must be taught, our attitudes and methods will always tell the tale.
Fourth, unread articles don’t save souls. Quality writing is very hard work and excellence has a heavy price. Reaching that plateau takes study, time and flexibility.
Writers can be a temperamental bunch. But when souls are at stake, we must drop the attitude and do what’s necessary (Matthew 28:18-20).
People have attention spans, interests and quirks that have nothing to do with us. We will find a way, within reason, to reach them if we truly care about souls. Length, visual appeal, snappy titles, etc. are necessary tools of the trade.
Stubbornness may mollify our egos but it won’t put the gospel into the hearts of the needy.
Truth can’t be compromised (Galatians 1:8-9), but our methods must be continually honed because the “fields are white for harvest” (John 4:35).
God is the most persistent, punishing, patient and loving boss we will ever have. But he has earned our undying loyalty (Isaiah 12:2; Galatians 2:20).