Writing for Christ's Glory

Words by Ann Swindell

For those of us who are word lovers, who enjoy the feeling of pens in our hands and keys clacking under our fingertips, writing often feels like second nature, like coming home. We love the ways that words help us make sense of our lives and help us encounter God.

This, I believe, is a good and holy thing.

After all, God spoke the universe into existence with a word. The first five verses of the book of John remind us of the beautiful and timeless declaration that Jesus is, himself, the Word—and so we see that who God is and how he is are bound up in the power of words.

To be those who love and use words is a high and sacred calling—and not one that we can take lightly. This is because words hold great power; they name us, shape us, and ultimately point us (and our readers) to the Truth of Christ or to lies and death.

But how do we seek to be women who are writing for Christ’s glory? While there’s no one definitive answer, my own journey as a writer has shown me several ways that we can focus our hearts and our words on Jesus in this work of writing.

First, I believe that writing for Christ’s glory means that we lay down our right to renown. In the world’s eyes, a writer garners praise for her byline, for her status, for her fame. But to write in the Kingdom may mean something else entirely. It means that our heart’s aim is not to secure our own fame, but the fame of our King. If we have opportunities to write that further his Kingdom and his work in the world, then we can pursue those without concern for our own name.

Secondly, we write as women who lead our readers to Truth. To be a writer focused on Christ’s glory means that at the heart of our work is a commitment to truth-telling: all of our words should point others to him. This does not mean that we only write sermons; far from it. We may write stories and poems and plays and essays, with everything that we write blossoming from the truth of Christ—his ways, his rule, his love. When we write from a desire to point our readers to the only One who satisfies, our work will resonate with truth.

Finally, I believe that writing for Christ’s glory means that we pursue our calling as writers with joy and tenacity. If the Lord has made us to write—if our hearts come alive in that place—then we should seek to become the best writers that we can be. This does not mean shirking our other callings and responsibilities as wives, mothers, employees, or church members—not at all. But it does mean seeking to learn how to handle the power of words with grace and beauty so that we can excellently point others to him.

These marks on screens and pages, these syllables that bounce out of our mouths and bubble up from our hearts, they matter. They matter deeply. Let us be those who use them to right the wrongs that we can, to love the hearts that need binding up, and to speak to ourselves—and to others—the Truth that came through the Word himself, Jesus.

Ann Swindell is an author, speaker, and the instructor of Writing with Grace, a live, online, six-week writing course for women who want to grow in their writing craft, voice, and ability. Registration is open now until March 15th at: writingwithgrace.com.

 

 

 



6 Responses

Fauzi @ writtennotwithink.com
Fauzi @ writtennotwithink.com

April 21, 2016

This is a word of season for me. For almost a year I’ve been impressed to write publicly. I felt inadequate to write for God. The more I delay the process, the more God was pursuing me. So a day after I launched my blog, I saw this article. I take it as a confirmation! Thank you.

Jennifer
Jennifer

March 06, 2016

Oh! Here it is! Writing for the Kingdom at www.everymorningnewmercies.wordpress.com.

Jennifer
Jennifer

March 06, 2016

This is a very encouraging and timely post, as someone who desires to write as part of my Kingdom work. In an age that depends largely on social media to share one’s blog with others, I do not have the usual ways of getting my blog “out there” as I don’t have Facebook or twitter. This really forces me to depend on the Lord so that He will somehow lead to my blog the women whom He wants to minister to through my writing. I love that you focussed this post on writing for the Kingdom. Your quote, “If we have opportunities to write that further his Kingdom and his work in the world, then we can pursue those without concern for our own name.” We like to build our Towers of Babel and our own little Kingdoms. And yet, as Christians, we want our work for God’s Kingdom to truly bless people and not just stay hidden. We want to shine like lights which is good! I find it an inward struggle to somehow get my writing out to the masses to be used by God, contrasted with my fleshly desire for self-promotion. How can we fight this battle?

Ashley
Ashley

March 05, 2016

Okay. I have read this article about four or five times already and I may or may not tear up each time that I do. Yes! All the praise hands emojis for this right here. I blog over at messymilestones.com and this just perfectly puts into words the calling that I feel when I write about the things God has done in my life over the course of two years. I lost six close family members in just over two years and it completely changed my life but the hope and joy in Christ has truly carried me through it all. When I write from that place, it’s like I can’t shout the good news loud enough. THANK YOU for writing this.

Kaitlyn
Kaitlyn

March 03, 2016

Oh my! This was for me. Shot straight to the heart and wrote what I’ve been feeling and needed affirmed. Writing with grace. Beautiful. Thank you for sharing!! ?
Kaitlyn

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Brianna
Brianna

March 03, 2016

This blog was beautiful. I really enjoy writing. It’s therapeutic and, like you said, allows us to speak truth into others and to ourselves. I love knowing that we are using our love to write to bring glory to the Lord. This was beautifully written and filled with such great truths. Truth all over!

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