Using Your Writing to Boast in Christ

By lan Warner


The ability to write is a gift from God. The world was a very different place before the printing press came along. The world has once again seen a massive transformation because of computers and the internet. It's now easier to write and have your work seen than it has ever been,

You no longer have to impress gatekeepers at publishing companies. If you have a book idea, you can self-publish if you want to. You can create a blog like this one, and everything you write can be done for the glory of God.

Some people have been gifted with the ability to write, and they don't do anything with it. Not only is it wasting a kind gift from God, but its also missing out on the opportunity to point people back to Christ.

Jeremiah 30:2 “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Write all the words which I have spoken to you in a book.’”

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Talent: Writing
How to Use Talent for God's Glory:
Write material that shares the Gospel of Jesus Christ to people who like to read. 
Examples:
Books, Blogs, Poems and Stories

Subtle Ways to Use Talent for God

You don't have to just write Christian books and material like this blog to boast in Christ. The truth is that some people will reject something if they know that it's categorized as Christian. 

You can use your writing to Glorify God by merely putting your talents out there. When you use the gifts God has given you, it can point people to Christ without you even directly sharing the Gospel at first.

When you do your best work, it attracts people. People want to read your words and learn more about you. It's in these moments where people seek you and want to know how you did it that you can then point people back to Jesus. 

An example of this, for me, is my website Habit Stacker. The site teaches people to build positive habits. Some of those habits include things like reading the bible. I will talk about building a relationship with Christ in different articles, but the site is not what I would call a Christian Website.

Bold Ways to Use Writing to Spread The Gospel 

You can also be bolder on your mission to boast in Christ. Instead, you can use your talents accurately to spread the Gospel and talk about who Jesus Christ is.

For example, that is what this website is. I have been gifted a love for writing and marketing, and I combine those skills to reach more people with the Word of God. 

The great thing about using your gift this way is that you have to rely on the Holy Spirit. The same way that Scripture was breathed out by God, your writing should be the same if you do it this way.

You're probably thinking that you don't know enough about The Bible or that there is no way anyone will listen to little old you. Remember that over and over again, God calls people who are unprepared.

Exodus 3:10-12

 "'Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.' But Moses said to God, 'Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?' He said, 'But I will be with you, and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.'"

Moses does not understand why he is being called to do God's work because he does not feel worthy. God calls unproven people so that all the Glory goes to him. There is no way that Moses could have done that work in Egypt on his own accord.

How to Boast in Christ With Your Writing

Before you choose the avenue or get caught up with anything else. I would just start writing what comes to you and what feels natural. You also need to get into a consistent rhythm of writing. 

Too many people start projects only to quit a few weeks later because they never could develop the consistency needed to be successful. Don't let this be you. 

Start working on turning writing into a habit by doing a bit every single day.

  1. Start small by only writing a few sentences a day 
  2. At first, don't think about what to write or edit your work
  3. As you get consistent with a little, begin to write more  
  4. Pray and pay attention to where God is leading you  
  5. Once you have written consistently for 30 days, move really look to get started in the direction you want to go.

When you follow the steps above, you make writing a significant part of your life. The key is that no matter what happens, all the glory goes to Jesus Christ. 

How to Get Started With Your Writing

There are a few different directions you can take your writing, and we are going to dig into each one. Your options are not limited to these options listed below. These are some of the most popular forms of writing today. 

Blog

Blogging is a simple way to get your thoughts out as quickly as possible. Blogging took formal writing and flipped it on its head. There are no rules with blogging. 

You don't have to have a paragraph with 4 sentences as they told you in school. You can speak to whatever audience you want in whatever way you choose. 

I grew up in Toronto, and one thing I had thought a lot about was writing a lot of famous bible verses in Toronto slang. That form of writing is not for everyone; it would be rejected in school but could become a cherished blog if I was consistent with it. 

The sky is the limit when you start a blog. The most significant indicator of success is consistency and the methods you use for marketing. The primary two forms of blogs are social media blogs vs. SEO blogs.

SEO blogs usually have titles geared towards search engines. Social media blogs have claims that are much more catchy and are made for more reading enjoyment. 

You can start blogs using:

  • WordPress (recommended)
  • Wix
  • Squarespace
  • Medium (fastest and most comfortable)

There are plenty of resources online for each of these platforms to help you get started. 

Non-Fiction Books 

There used to be a time where you had to be chosen by a publisher to have a book. Those days are long gone. You can now easily self publish a book using tools like: 

  • Amazon KDP
  • Ingramspark
  • Lulu
  • Kobo
  • Apple Books

You can also still wait to be signed by an official publisher, the choice is yours. The non-fiction book is the easiest to begin with because many rely on their own experiences in life. 

Everyone has their own story, so in the least, I believe everyone has a book in them. Your account is vital because it highlights the word God has done. It's not even your story; its God's story and he created it entirely to be used for his glory. 

You can also use non-fiction to teach people on things you're an expert on. You may be excellent at something that many people want to know how to find more success in a specific area. 

Again you can make these books directed at a Christian audience or take a subtler approach to glorify God. 

Email Marketing

Email marketing fits well with when paired with any of these other options, but its a great avenue to pursue. When you build an email list, it feels more permanent.

Getting someone back to your blog or to buy your second books is hard. Email lists last forever. People don't really delete emails. They just keep creating new ones, meaning you can reach people forever. 

Email marketing is great because it allows you to reach out to people regularly with a message. You can use these messages to sell a product or unconditional offer free value. 

Great tools for Email Marketing:

  • Mailchimp 
  • Active Campaign
  • Constant Contact 
  • HubSpot
  • Marketo
  • ConvertKit

Some of the tools above are easy to use, and others are more complicated. Some are free, and some are costly. Figure out what you want to do to get started and find one that is a good fit for your goals. 

The Keys to Good Email Marketing 

  1. Know Your Audience 
  2. Write Content That Can Be Scanned 
  3. Write Amazing Subject Lines 

Knowing your audience means giving people what they want. For my emails from Boast in Christ, for example, I make sure I help people to talk about Jesus more. 

If you're helping Christian fathers with parenthood, then write content that they need in their life. 

You want to make your content have pictures, page breaks, and lots of headings and bullets. These things make it easy for a busy person to scan your work quickly. 

Lastly, the subject line is everything. If you have the most fantastic content, but no one is intrigued to open your email, it won't matter. 

Poems 

I wanted to include poems on here to understand that there are no limits to how God can use your writing. If you're feeling a bit more artistic and you have some poems, you can go for it and still use some of these other channels. You can write books, blogs, or emails full of poetry. The choice is yours. 

Fiction Books

When I think of Christian fiction, I think of the Narnia books right away. Christian fiction gets fun because you can spread the gospel of Jesus Christ without people, even knowing that you are. I did not know that CS Lewis was a Christian when I first heard about Narnia. 

The book looked interesting, though, and I was wanting to read it to be entertained. That is much harder to do with non-fiction books that focus on specific topics and less on telling stories to entertain you. 

Non-fiction books also require another level of creativity because you need to make up so many details. There is an art to storytelling and releasing the right amount at the right time. The goal of it all, though, must still be to point people back to Jesus no matter how you decide to do it. 

lan Warner

About the author

Ian Warner is a believer, husband, and father of three. He grew up running track in Toronto before earning a scholarship to Iowa State University. At Iowa State, he became an All-American and made the 2012 Olympic team. He currently helps people to build better habits and follow Jesus Christ.

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