For the Glory of God

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)

[So,]

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)

[Therefore,]

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,

Robin <3

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

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Write For An Audience of One

In many of the blogging training sessions I’ve listened through, professional bloggers state to write well, you must picture your audience as you write. This tip has helped me immensely in honing my craft.

As Christian bloggers, we each have our own story, and therefore will each have a different audience. Yet, as I ponder my own life as a blogger, I realize underlying this niche of society I write for, I first and foremost write for an audience of one.

If no one were to ever read a single word I pen (and many do), as long as I write the words God has placed on my heart, for his pleasure above my own, and for the building up of his kingdom, I’ve already been successful, because I have done what I was called to do.  I then must trust that he will direct those words to those for whom he intended them.

I must trust that if God has given me the words to write, he has also given others the desire to read them.  In his timing.

I’ve heard of missionaries sharing the gospel for years, even decades, before seeing any change. “Do not grow weary in doing good….” (Galatians 6:9)

Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Colossians 3:23 (NLT)

I am amazed when I see people reading my blog from China, or Russia, or India – many parts of the world where hearing about the love of Jesus is rare, or non existent. Only in this age of technology, can I write and have people from all over the world read.

In my moments of discouragement, I try to remember God is fully in charge, and will direct my words to those who need them.

I must also remember, those who read, will share with those whom God has prepared them to share.  Their lives and words, altered by what I wrote, change the lives of those around them.

Lives being changed by what I write, yet never having reading a word.

Take heart, discouraged one.  Only eternity will tell the impact of the words now burning in your heart.

 

With love and prayers,

Robin <3

p.s. You may also wish to read yesterday’s post, “Encouragement for a Weary Christian Blogger“.

 

I Want To Be That Kind Of Person

None of us were made to carry life’s loads alone.  Yet, often we act as though we must.

Superwoman is a fictitious character, but we be often act as though she is real and someone to emulate, as we wrestle with this fear, and try and leap that stressful situation with a single bound.  At least until fear overtakes and stress is too vast, and we crash.  I know God looks at me sometimes, shakes his head and says, “Girl, I love you lots; so when will you learn I didn’t make you for this.”

I am so grateful for those in my life who haven’t allowed me to stay too long in “Superwoman” mode.  There are those who know me and are willing to give me that look, while asking with that knowing glance, “How are you really doing?”  I love those people.  I can’t be fake with them, and I’m so grateful to God for that.  All of us need someone like that in our lives!

This week we will explore how to be that kind of person for the one in our lives struggling right now.  Once again I’d love your feedback.  Your suggestions as to how you try to be that kind of person for someone else, or how you have grown to let such people be that kind of person for you are invaluable.  We need each other!

Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. 10 If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. 11 Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? 12 A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.  Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (NLT)

Looking forward to this week together!

With love,

Robin

p.s. – Take a look at my new FB page – just for this blog!  @rlseaton1960

In it you will begin finding quotes and interesting info about people who make a difference – people who encourage and people we can emulate.  You will also get additional inspiring information you won’t find on the blog.  Please join me!