Why I write…


He took words and sent them out to fight for us.

—Lady Thatcher on Ronald Reagan

But if I say, “I will not mention him or speak any more in his name,” his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot.

—Jeremiah 20:9

Jesus answered, “It is written…”

Why do I write?

I enjoy it. But why?

As long as I can remember I’ve enjoyed explaining things.

As long as I can remember, I’ve been captivated by the power of words.

So I enjoy writing, probably as much as I enjoy teaching.

But I’m not genuinely passionate about either. I’m passionate about introducing people to Jesus and equipping them to help others in the same way. I’m passionate about coming alongside the young Christ-follower and helping him  remove the barriers to the Spirit’s work in and through him.

I’m passionate about seeing God change lives.

I like how Bruce Wilkinson puts it in 7 Laws of the Learner:

Independent equippers are those who have mastered a ministry skill, who are actively using it, who enlist others with similar gifts and interests, who train them to become proficient, and who send them out with ongoing guidance to do the same.

I like how the Apostle Paul puts it in 1 Thessalonians and Colossians:

For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake.

—1 Thessalonians 1:5

…to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ.

For this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me.

—Colossians 1:27-29

I write because writing is the most effective currently available means I have to fulfill God’s calling on my life, which is to shepherd his flock wherever he assigns me.


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