5 Bible Verses Every Writer Needs to Know
I’m sure I’m not the only Christian who used to think that being a believer meant you’d easily get what you want. I mean, do you know who our Father is? Lol! But in all seriousness, God isn’t a genie that’s here to grant our every wish. Although He wants us to tell Him our desires, the buck doesn’t stop there. We’ve got to put some action with that faith. We can’t expect God to do all the work.
Once we decide to do our part and write that book or pitch that article, we’ve got to know that opposition will come. Fear, doubt, irrational thoughts, crazy family drama, and more are oftentimes right around the corner. That’s why we can count on these five Bible verses to help us focus on the mission God’s placed in our hearts:
James 2:14-26 - “For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.” (HCSB)
Just like cereal needs milk and apple pie needs ice cream, our faith needs to pair up with action. We don’t achieve writing goals simply because we know God is able to make it happen. We’ve got to also be prayerful about what specific actions God wants us to take and then make some moves.
I know from experience that risk-taking is hard. It’s not like God gave our parents a detailed book explaining every single move we should make in life (although sometimes, I wish He had). We’ve got to trust that the actions we’re taking and the mistakes we’ll make along the way will all work for our good (Romans 8:28).
I don’t want to open my eyes on the other side and have to explain why I chose to sit on my hands, believing God would make a way despite my unwillingness to take action. I know you don’t want that either, friend. I challenge you today to write down those writing goals you know God placed in your heart. Pray about it and start matching your faith with some intentional action.
Joshua 1:9 - “Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (HCSB)
Right after I published my first book, 11 Ways to Jumpstart Your Thinking, doubts crept into my mind. What if no one liked my book? What if no one bought a copy? What would people really think of it?
I was so afraid of being a failure and called out as a phony writer. But guess what? God brought me to Joshua 1:9 with a reminder that He gave me the vision for the book. I already did the hard part (writing it). Next up was promoting it. (Because books don’t sell themselves, right?)
If you’ve got a book idea that you’re sitting on, I encourage you to write it. Pour your heart out onto each page and be reassured that God will be with you every step of the way. He’ll be there at every author meet and greet, every speaking engagement, and writer’s workshop you conduct. You just need to show up and do the work!
Colossians 3:23-24 - “Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men, knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord. You serve the Lord Christ.” (HCSB)
I’ve gotta keep it real. More days than I’d care to admit, I allow my feelings to take control. I sit and think about the work stress, family challenges, and lack of self-care. I tire myself out so much that writing the messages God’s given me seems more like a chore than a joy. That, my friend, is a dangerous place to be in.
We aren’t “just writers”. We are workers of The Most High. What we do matters. We are serving God through our words and it’s our job to do it well and to do it with joy.
2 Timothy 1:7 - “For God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power, love, and sound judgment.” (HCSB)
Writing in and of itself can be difficult. However, when it comes time to press the submit button on that article, fear can creep in. Timothy is reminding us that when fear grips our heart, we can be sure of one thing: God doesn’t want us to be afraid. We have the power to push past our fears and publish the works we’re supposed to. What have we got to lose?
I’m a firm believer that fear is an indicator you’re heading in the right direction. If you’re afraid to self-publish your masterpiece or start your own magazine, ask yourself “why?”. What is the underlying cause of your fear? Is it because you want to control what happens? Are you afraid of looking incompetent if you fall short of your expectations?
Continue to ask yourself why you’re afraid and what would happen if your worst fears came true. It is my hope that by the time you exhaust your list of fears, you’ll realize that God’s power, love, and sound judgment overrule any fear that tries to hinder you.
James 4:7 “So it is a sin for the person who knows to do what is good and doesn’t do it.” (HCSB)
I don’t believe in scaring anyone to do what is right; however, I do believe in telling the truth. If you know God gave you a book idea or an article to pitch, it is your responsibility to follow through and do it. The last thing any of us want to do is be the servant in Matthew 25 who buries his talent in the ground. Remember, that servant wasn’t rewarded for his cowardness.
I encourage you to do the right thing, friend. Create that writing workshop. Keep saving money for the downpayment on your new bookstore. Even if you can’t reach your writing goal fully in the next thirty days, do what you can today to get closer to victory.
You have no idea who is watching you and depending on you. That new world you want to write about in your next sci-fi book? It’s going to help someone get away from the stress they’re enduring at home. Remember, your words are not merely words. They are life-giving and life-changing. It’s time to believe God will make your goals a reality. It’s also time to do your part.