What Success Looks Like as a Christian Writer
Do you remember how you started writing? What was your motivation and highest desire? What were your goals? How did you picture your success as a Christian writer? Perhaps you have envisioned having a website; publishing articles, blogs and books; and having a certain number of followers on social media.
The truth is, we can’t define and measure success as a Christian writer by the output and the numbers. God has another definition of success, and we will be wise to apply it to our writing too.
Here are five key truths about what success looks like as a Christian writer to calm your heart and help you focus on the right goals:
- Success as a Christian writer is linked to our primary and most important calling: to be God’s faithful witnesses and ambassadors of His grace. God calls us to be Jesus’ witnesses in the first place and to speak and write His words whether people pay attention or not. This means if we find our reach, number of followers, etc. disappointing, we should continue to do what we know we should do. For example, when God called Ezekiel to be a prophet, He even warned him that the people will not listen to him (Ezekiel 2:3-8).
- God also calls us to hear and store in our hearts and minds His Word and truths and then to express His messages and truths through our writing and speaking. Being recipients and distributors of God’s Word, insights, wisdom and revelations is a huge part of our success as writers.
- We write in the name of Jesus — primarily to bring Him glory and praise and to show Him to the world. If this is our highest motivation, then we are already successful in our creative ministries. “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:17, NIV).
- Success as a Christian writer means aligning our writing goals and expectations with God’s goals for us on a regular basis. It is crucial to follow God’s leading in daily obedience and involve Him in the goal-setting process. We need to do what we know He is calling us to now, not what the others are doing. These goals can change in different seasons of our life and under the Holy Spirit’s guidance.
- When we focus only on what God has given us to do in this particular season and not compare it to anyone else’s assignments, we are successful. “Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else …” (Galatians 6:4).
When our highest goal as Christian writers is to glorify Jesus, then we are on the right path to true success. God has given us writing and speaking ministries, and He also has given each of us a designated area and harvest field. The size is not important. What matters is to follow Him in daily obedience and to write words as His faithful witness.
Ultimately, success is writing and speaking faithfully God’s Word and truths in God’s power, in God’s timing and in God’s ways.
Do you consider yourself a successful Christian writer? Why or why not? Share in the comments.
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