My Roles: Writer.
By no stretch of the imagination do I claim to be a writer. The great wordsmiths would scoff at me. Neither am I a theologian. I pray the Holy Spirit is teaching me to be a student of the Word, but I have no formal advanced biblical education. However, I do enjoy writing about the Word of God and what the Spirit is revealing to me. Writing helps me process my thoughts, record special memories, and document the work the Lord is doing.
Writing is also another way that I can practice my role as servant. By writing these journals, I pray I’m serving our faithful supporters like you. With each journal I pray that my words will not benefit me alone, but that they will edify the reader. Most of the people who read the journal live over eight thousand miles away from me, yet I hope I’m able to serve them by offering words of encouragement.
Writing the journals also allows me to serve my husband. He faithfully serves the people of Malawi and our family. He strives to bring glory and honor to the name of Jesus Christ through the ministry of Intentional Gospel. One of the ways I get to come along side him in ministry is by writing these journals. I love partnering with my husband to share God’s hope to a lost world.
All throughout scripture God asks people to “write” something down. Often it is a word from God, an account of Jesus’ life, a message to fellow believers, or a record of a vision. Isaiah 30:8 is God giving Isaiah a message to share with the people of Judah. He tells Isaiah, “Now go and write down these words. Write them in a book. They will stand until the end of time as a witness.” I definitely don’t aspire to have my words stand until “the end of time.” The only words that are eternal are the inspired Words of God, but I pray that the words God asks me to share have an eternal impact on those who read them.
Luke was convinced that recording Jesus’ life was crucial to upholding the integrity of our faith. In Luke 1:4 Luke says, “Having carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I also have decided to write an accurate account for you, most honorable Theophilus, so you can be certain of the truth of everything you were taught.” Luke responded to God’s call to be a writer. If he had disobeyed then modern believers would have far less details on the life of our wonderful Savior.
Paul, Peter, James, and John all knew the importance of the written word. When they couldn’t be with a body of believers personally, they encouraged, admonished, reminded and taught the believers through their writings. Due to their faithfulness in writing, believers both then and now have been edified and admonished.
God wanted John to record the vision of the last days in Revelation. Revelation 1:19 is God speaking to John, saying, “Write down what you have seen–both the things that are now happening and the things that will happen.” I’m thankful John chose to obey God’s commission to write. His record of the vision God revealed to him is now the book of Revelation.
At least for a season, God is asking me to write. I want to respond to Him with obedience, humbly asking Him to give me His words so that those who read it will be blessed. Serving God, our faithful supporters and my husband through writing is a role I truly enjoy.