After a Literary Coaching session today, I was gently reminded of how we should continuously abide in the One who bears the fruit through our written words as writers for the Kingdom. As I was reading through John 15 this morning, the Spirit quickly encouraged me through the text.
You see, sometimes we consider writing our "own" words, or forcing certain paragraphs and stories to come together to complete a chapter in our books. After all, writing a book is a process, right? Though this is true, we should always consider abiding in Christ, even as we write for Him. We should trust and believe that He will bear the fruit needed in our readers lives. All we must do is be obedient to the call, and watch Him work. I believe this applies in many areas of our lives as well.
Writing to encourage fellow believers and unbelievers with the truth of the Gospel isn't going to be easy. I can assure you of that. You may encounter all kinds of spiritual warfare doing any kind of work for the Lord because our enemy hates it. He'll do anything in his limited power to get us to stop. But know that God is the one who gives us the courage to step forward to serve Him, along with the right words to say; the words that will penetrate hearts and stir up affections for the Him. It's His words, and not our own.
I'd like to challenge writers to keep pressing, keep writing and keep trusting in the Lord. He'll provide all that is needed and will accomplish much through your sincere willingness and obedience.
He is the vine, and we are branches.
I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit for apart from me, you can do nothing. (John 15:5)
Kennisha Hill the Founder, CEO and Lead Literary Coach at NyreePress. She enjoys helping writers share messages of hope, and watching books come to life. She is the author of five inspirational books, and delights in serving the writing community.