And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father… Whatever you do, do your work heartily… (Colossians 3:17, 23a)
My "through the New Testament" reading this morning was the book of Colossians. There were plenty of passages I could have selected to comment upon. This is another rich epistle, helping Christians see how to put off our old ways and to put on a life of Christ.
The above verses remind me of two things in regard to my writing.
Vs 17: I write for the Lord first. He is my Audience of One. He is the only One I really need to please with my words. If I please Him, if I’m doing His will, then everything else will fall into it’s proper place. When I seek to please the Lord, I won’t make idols of other symbols of success (awards, bestseller lists, etc.).
Vs 23: I’m to work hard at my writing. Just because God gave me a talent and called me into the ministry of writing doesn’t mean it will be a cakewalk. It’s labor. It’s sweat and struggle and edit and delete and cut and paste and false starts. It’s discovering that a brilliant idea wasn’t so brilliant after all. It’s falling on my face and asking God to guide me. It’s finishing in exhaustion and doubting I can ever do it again, yet getting up and doing it again, despite the doubts and fears. It is hard work, work that He has called me to do.
So whatever you do today, do it for Him.