Please enjoy this excellent, thought-provoking guest blog post from, Kyle Jackson. To connect with Kyle, visit: http://www.GroundstoGlory.com.
A man holding a book is surrounded by giant waves of pages.
It’s estimated that 8 of 10 Americans want to write a book. The problem is that out of the 80%, only a small handful ever even attempt to do so. Why? Because writing a book is hard work. It takes long hours of preparation, dedication, and perspiration to pull off.
Another common pitfall is that they’re too timid to allow their voice to be heard in fear of ridicule and rejection. And let’s be honest–those who write aren’t in it for the money alone (or if they are they’re only fooling themselves!)
Many aspiring authors don’t know what to say or how to say what’s on their heart, thus it’s sadly often left unsaid. A lack of conviction then leads to procrastination. Excuses soon follow. And they sadly go to the grave with a wellspring of words buried deep in their souls.
On the surface it seems like everyone is a writer, but in reality writers are the rarest of breed. Let me rephrase that…writers worth reading are the rarest of breed.
These writers seek and savor the truth. They don’t strive to sugarcoat or deceive their readers, but guide them in grasping the wisdom that’s found in the Bible. Let me expand upon what I mean by this….
The True Worth of the Written Word
We live in the great information age of history. With our smart phones, social media statuses, 24/7 news updates, instant text-messaging–everyone has something to say and aren’t shy about saying it.
It’s become a chaotic clutter of communication where the power is in the written word. The problem is that there is little regard for the words themselves. Truth and error are blended in a manner that people accept reality for what they want it to be. What they desire to hear.
Truth has become like a buffet table. Satisfy your cravings, getting full on whatever your heart desires. A little bit of this, a little bit of that.
There is little regard for carefully considering the counsel of what correlates with God’s Word. This in return has caused many to doubt and abandon the authenticity of what the Bible actually says. We shouldn’t be surprised then that world around us has sadly become a lost, confused mess wallowing in despair and meaninglessness.
Everything under the sun in existence from physical objects to abstract ideas have been written about within the archives of history. From avocados to zebras–there are books, articles, blogs on everything under the sun.
But what good is writing about something that holds little to no value in someone’s life? Although self-help books seem like the logical choice, there is another alternative that strikes me as a much more wise choice on what to write about—the person and work of Jesus Christ.
The Gospel is what this world needs to hear. Not on how to make a six-figure income or on how to be happy and successful. Or the latest fad in fashion or new hip trend in technology. Focusing on things that are here today and gone tomorrow.
Writing for His Glory
That’s why I’ve personally chosen to specifically center my writing on a Biblical worldview leading others into a further understanding of what it means to follow Christ. This passion has been stirring up in me for many years and the only logical answer was to reveal what God has laid on my heart.
People need to hear the truth. And the truth is Jesus Christ. This conviction lead to the concept of creating an online movement called Grounds To Glory that seeks to help young Christians grow and mature in their faith through a creative, engaging manner.
It’s exclaiming to the world that while I may be quiet and timid as a person—my God is loud and triumphant!
It’s not about me and never will be. It’s all for His glory and honor. For His truth remains firm solid, constant despite the changing fads and feelings this world may have.
Regardless of popular sentiment, God is who He says He is. His promises remain yesterday, today, and forevermore. My hands are now devoted to bringing Him delight through the words I write because of this truth I testify to.
Writing for the Right Reason
While it’s already a hard enough road to travel in writing for “trivial” topics that have little significance to eternal matters; the road to write Biblical truths correctly, convincingly, and creatively is very tough road to embark upon.
If you do have the passion to write for Christ keep in mind the responsibility you bear. People’s souls are at stake for eternity. Your words carry a great weight to them. This is a calling not to be taken lightly.
Don’t despair in this hard reality, though. God has the power to take your words and use them for His glory. He’ll take His eternal words of life to infuse wisdom that’s worth hearing in what you write. Which is full of wealth and wonder only He’s capable of.
Best-selling Christian fiction writer Karen Kingsbury says this on how God uses our “pen” for His glory:
“You must be His writer. Let Him tell the story. Keep it honest, be hardworking and hopeful, but most of all, be His. Be the pen in His hand. In that way…you will write stories that bring glory to God. And since the gift of writing comes from Him, there really is no other way.”
Many people know me as a man of few words. My identity, though, is rooted not in this reality but in knowing the Son of Man who is the Word.
Striving to become a master wordsmith whose desire is to worship the Word Himself, Jesus Christ with every word I write. God is pleased when He is glorified in what we do. It’s not about writing for fame, fortune, or building a group of followers. Instead writing for Christ is fulfilled when are focused on Him alone. The Audience of One.
Jeff Gerke comments, “So long as you write for any other purpose than to glorify God, you will not be writing for the right reasons. And therefore you will not be fulfilled… God is your audience. He is your target reader. He holds you on His lap while He delights to hear you read the story you wrote for Him.”
Writing a Life Worth Reading About
Writing well is ultimately found in drinking from the well of life found in our Savior. It’s taking delight in His Word–the Bible. So regardless of whether you’re just in high school striving to one day write a book, a minister blogging on the side, or someone whose aspiring to become a full-time writer–writing is a calling that is highly rewarding if it’s found in an intimate romance with its most loyal Reader, Jesus Christ.
I am a writer because of His indescribable gift of amazing grace given to a world lost living for a language of legality that we can’t possibly attain.
That in His love letter of the Bible I have come to know His faithful love found in Christ, the living message of hope to a sinner like me. This truth is captured best when we read John 1:14, which beautifully states:
“The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
May everything I put in writing be a testament to this: that His Word is the only Word worth living for. How then can I stay silent when the greatest message of all has been written on my heart?!
How then do you write life to the fullest? By handing over the pen to the Author of life and allowing Him to craft His captivating story in and through your life. God is the master storyteller whose writing a story worth reading—yours! Now go and write for the glory of His awesome, majestic name!