|"The heavens declare the glory of God and the sky above proclaims His handiwork..." Psalm 19:1|
Why Do We Do What We Do?
Whenever I teach young people about who God is, I always ask them the question, "Why did God create?"
And they usually sit and stare at me, not knowing how to answer.
Did He create because He had a need to fulfill?
No. God is perfect, complete, and eternal and has no needs.
So, why, then, did He create?
Think about it.
|God chose the written word to communicate to His people.|
To Be Known
Why do we writers write? Why do artists paint or draw? Why do singers sing?
To be known.
God created in order to be known. To be is to do! If God never moved, we would never know who He is.
We can know much about God by looking at His creation all around us. It is no coincidence that He chose to have his special revelation in written form.
We writers write in order to be known by our readers. Otherwise, why write at all?
We were created in the image of God. He created to be known. We desire to create in order to be known.
But our methods and our desires are flawed by our sin.
Instead, our desire is about getting an agent...signing a book deal with a top publisher...building a platform...selling millions of copies!
Otherwise, we are...*gasp*...a failure in our own eyes.
What To Do About It...
Give it away! Give your book to the Lord. Hand it to Him and tell Him it is ALL HIS.
Acknowledge that it may never be published. It may never be read by anyone. It may never be known.
And that's ok!
Your story is known by the eternal living God.
That should be enough.
It is imperative for Christian writers to stop and reflect on why we write in the first place.
Is it for our glory? Or God's glory?
Paul wrote to the believers in Corinth:
"So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." 1 Corinthians 10:31
Because we are flawed with sin, our desires can become tainted.
Stop today and contemplate the Lord's glory. How can He use your writing to further His Kingdom here on earth?
Why do you write? To be known?
Or for God to be known through you?
In whatever you do...do it all to the glory of God.
And He will be known through all your gifts and talents...and stories!
Isn't that what it's all about?
Your turn: Do you struggle with the purpose of your writing? What do you do about that struggle?