I need to remember for whose glory I write.
A couple of months ago, as I finished a particular post, I was impressed to close with a scripture verse regarding sin’s consequences. My instantaneous response was “Ending the post so ‘negatively’ may not go over very well”. So, to my shame, I quickly ignored the prompt and hit “post” without the scripture verse. Immediately I was strongly convicted. So much so, I knew I had to quickly retrieve the post and add the scripture. Unfortunately, by the time I did so, only seconds long, 2 people had read it. I was saddened that my disobedience had cost them not reading what I felt strongly God had intended.
We as Christian bloggers write surrounded by conflagration. The enemy of the cross of Christ, the enemy of all mankind, Satan, fights against every inclination to write for God’s glory and mankind’s restoration.
Two of Satan’s greatest tactics in our modern culture are “acceptance” and “tolerance”. Jesus didn’t always accept or tolerate what was deemed “right” in his culture. He drove out money changers from the temple with whips because they insulted his Father’s house (John 2:13-17). And ate with flagrant “sinners and tax collectors”, while ignoring the insults and jibes of religious leaders and politically elite who couldn’t see their own sin (Luke 7:20-50) . His heartbeat was his Father’s will and mankind’s restoration, rather than the nods of those who thought they knew best. This too must be our heartbeat. Unfortunately, one of my greatest shortcomings is wanting praise from men. Wanting to be noticed and embraced.
Every Christian blogger’s heartbeat must be our Father’s glory rather than the nods of men.
A third tactic of our enemy is discouragement. I have played to his mellow tune too long the last 2 weeks, sobbing along with the lyrics! So, today, rather than responding to “the tune”, I will remind myself of what is true. I choose, today, to sing a new melody loudly and passionately, as an offering to the One above every name who has given us an amazing story to tell. And I will sing it to whomever will listen!
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8 (NIV)
Shout to the Lord, all the earth; break out in praise and sing for joy! Psalm 98:4 (NLT)
For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus. 2 Timothy 1:9 (NLT)
Those who love their life in this world will lose it. Those who care nothing for their life in this world will keep it for eternity. John 12:25 (NLT)
Lord, this day, I rededicate my hands, my heart, my mind, my words – to you. Use me as you wish, not as I deem “personally beneficial for my advancement”. Forgive me for too often looking at numbers rather than at all you’ve done for me. For wanting my writing to be appreciated by men, rather than solely for the purpose of advancing your kingdom and your call to all men. For yours is the kingdom, power, and glory forever. May your kingdom come, not mine. In Jesus’ name, amen.
With love and prayers,
You may also wish to read the previous 3 posts: “Encouragement for a Weary Christian Blogger“; “Write for an Audience of One“; and “Patiently Grow“