Conviction & Commitment by Jodi Whisenhunt

“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit — fruit that will last,” Jesus told His disciples in John 15:16.  He has chosen and appointed you, too, you who have been called to write.  God calls us to His task, but Satan is always on the prowl.  He aspires to prevent us from fulfilling God’s purpose.  Thus, finding time to write is often a challenge.

Satan is master at distraction, deceiving us with false urgencies.  He whispers thoughts in our ears like, “I’d love to sit down and finish writing this chapter, but dinner will burn if I don’t get it out of the oven right this second!”  Or, “The clothes in the dryer will wrinkle if I don’t hang them up immediately.”  How about, “I’m recording this golf tournament, but if I don’t watch Tiger win while it’s on live TV, it just won’t be the same.”

I Thessalonians 1:4 says, “For we know, brothers loved by God, that He has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction.”  God desires us to work for Him.  He needs us to work for Him, to go out into the world and represent Him.  In fact, Jesus commands us in Matthew 28:19 to “go and make disciples of all nations”.

Whether we write mainstream fiction or daily devotions, we need to be as committed to the Lord as He is to us.  Colossians 3:23 instructs, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.”  When we commit our ways to Him, He helps us to resist the devil, and James 4:7 reminds us that when we resist the devil, he will flee from us.  He will be unable to distract us or to keep us from doing God’s will.

So keep in mind when God taps on your shoulder and asks you to be His vessel Psalm 37:5, which says, “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and he will do this:  He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.”  You will be able to discern true urgencies and to detect Satan’s deceptions.

Go sit down and write, and “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” (Proverbs 16:3)

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2 Responses

  1. Thumbs up! Keep the motivation comin’…

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