A few nights ago I had the privledge of speaking at our local Gideon’s meeting. During those 15 minutes of allotted time I shared my testimony of God’s grace and mercy- of how I came to know Christ and how this writing endeavor resulted from an answered prayer for a right and renewed spirit.
This God has done, first and foremost, by His Word and His Spirit. However, He has also chosen to accomplish this work through the written words of fellow brothers in Christ. The writings of Calvin, Edwards, Spurgeon, Ryle, Tozer, and Sproul have been the catalysts for much spiritual growth in my life! In turn, I have been better equipped to wade into the ministry of writing. While my words pale in comparison to those just listed, I have been humbled by even the small measure of gifting God has entrusted to me.
Over the last four years He has given me grace to write about His Word and what I pray have been works that point others to Him. Thinking about the continuation of this unexpected ministry, I’ve reflected on its overall purpose. I’ve many times asked, “What is my aim and intention with all that I write?”
Try as I might, I have have found it exceedingly difficult to write in a breezy and charming manner- and harder still to write about light and easy topics. While those styles and content are certainly helpful and undoubtedly needed, what I’ve come to realize is this: that is not how- and what- God has called me to write.
And so, after much thought, prayer, and consideration, I’ve come to rest on the following mission statement from Colossians 1:18 and 4:12. It reads:
Remade Living Free is a ministry dedicated to the spiritual growth of followers of Christ. It is my prayer that those affected by this ministry will bear fruit, increase in the knowledge of God, and grow in maturity and assurance in the will of God, for the glory of God.
As I shared the testimony God has given me- of the means by which He has saved and sanctified me, and how He has used me to share the Gospel message – I did so with joy and awe. For He has called us to bear witness to the great things He has done. To His glory, the things which only He can do.