. . . I heard the voice of the Lord, saying,
Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?
Then said I, Here am I; send me.
~ Isaiah 6:8 KJV
Everyone has a story to tell, a purpose to fulfill, that is placed there by God.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
Before you were born I sanctified you . . .”
~ Jeremiah 1:5 NKJV
Webster’s 1828 Dictionary has several appropriate meanings for the word “sanctify” (if you haven’t been raised in a church or religious organization, you may not have ever heard this word).
To set apart for a holy or sacred use.
To prepare for divine service.
To cleanse from corruption.
But what does this have to do with writing?
If you’re a Christian, then nothing you do is just for the sake of “doing it”.
And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus . . . and whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of inheritance . . .
~ Colossians 3:17a, 23-24a
Essentially, if you call yourself a Christian, everything you do, say, or write is under scrutiny – both by the world, and by God. There is no reward from the world, but God offers everlasting rewards to those who answer His call.
The written lasts for generations, after all. Are you writing what you want to reflect on your name and on God’s name?
And are you living up to the potential He placed within you before you were even born?