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We Write For An All-Knowing God

“It occurred to me that nothing ever occurs to God.”

Read that quote again.

A friend shared it with me several weeks ago, and it blessed my socks off (I’ve since put clean socks back on). Seriously though, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about what he said. I still find myself recalling that quote and thinking, man that’s cool.

God never turns to Gabriel and says, “Ya know…I never thought of that!” He never gives a holy shrug and confesses, “Wow! I sure didn’t see that coming!” Nothing ever just occurs to God. He knows everything…and that means He knows everything about you and me.

Writer, do you believe that? What catches you by surprise and pulls the rug out from under you, never shakes God out of control. Lean on Him. Spend time in His Word. In all your efforts to write for Him, be sure to take time to read what He’s already caused to be written in the Bible. Trust Him to lead you. You may not know where you’re going…but He does. And He’ll walk with you. He knows what is best for you. He knows how to correct, and refresh your soul. And He’ll never throw up His hands and proclaim, ‘This is more than I can handle. I’m not sure what to do. I’m out of here!”

Relax. Pray for wisdom and understanding.

We write for an All-Knowing God.

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Ambassadors for God!

     So far we have looked at the “Writer’s Prayer” and seen that writing Christian fiction (or any Christian writing) comes out of an intimate relationship with God. We can know the One that we’re writing about. Then we spent time considering the importance of remembering. May we, as Christian writers, never forget the privilege and responsibility of telling God’s story in the books that we write. And in my last post, we focused our thoughts on the first petition in the Writer’s Prayer: Dear God, help me remember WHO I am, for I’M YOUR CHILD. If you haven’t read the earlier posts, please take time to scroll down and do so.  

     The second request in the “Writer’s Prayer” is this: Dear God, help me remember WHAT I am, for I’m YOUR AMBASSADOR.

     Paul expressed the same idea in II Corinthians 5:20: “…we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were entreating through us: we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.”

     An ambassador represents someone in authority. In this case, Christian writer’s must never forget that we represent Almighty God. We are on a mission to spread the good news. We have the incredible honor of writing stories that lead the lost and feed the saved. In a real sense, we are instruments of God. God calls us to tell stories that offer light in the midst of darkness, truth instead of error, hope in place of despair. Writing for God is serious business indeed. We’ve been entrusted with a unique and sacred stewardship. Old Testament Prophets used the power of story to deliver God’s message. Even our Lord used stories to get His points across.

     Ours is a mission of peace, and truth. We get to write stories that point people to the greatest peace treaty ever made–and it was signed in the blood of Christ. Because of that we can craft stories of faith, hope, and love. We can tell stories of redemption and forgiveness. And we can expose readers to the truths of scripture in engaging and memorable ways. Not only can we, we MUST.    

     Is there anything greater that representing the Living Word with our written words? Isn’t it inspiring when God uses what we write to draw someone to a deeper or renewed relationship with Him? Perhaps even help a reader come to know Christ for the first time? WOW!

     But I must remember this is about Him. It’s His story for His glory. He didn’t call me to write to make me a star. Don’t get me wrong, I want my books to be published, and purchased by as many people as possible.  But that’s because I believe I have something important to write about.

     I’m an ambassador for Christ, and so are you. Not because we are writers, but because we are Christians. Writing is one great way to spread the good news. Who are you writing for?

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