Saturday, July 14, 2007

Grace Abounds

To my delight, this week I started reading the Book of Romans and How to Write and Sell a Christian Novel. What do these two books have in common? They both inspire me. Romans actually does more. It feeds my spirit and comforts me.

"But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 5:20-21)

For several years I walked a path that led my writing career to death. I wanted to write for a mainstream audience because it was larger and I could make more money. What was my motivation? Greed. I wanted to write for me, not God. Who did this glorify? Me. I wanted my name on the front cover of a novel for all to see what I accomplished. What did this do for my ego? Pride.

Motivation is in the heart. The wrong motivation leads to sin. Sin leads to death. For three years I couldn't write. My writing died. God tore down the strongholds that built up the wrong motivations in my heart. It was a process of tearing down, and rebuilding. Because the heart is so deep and emotional to one's soul, this kind of change isn't instant, or without its share of resistance.

There was sin in my writing life, but Romans 5:20 says, that where sin abounds, grace abounds MUCH MORE. Praise God, I have His grace! This is why I'm inspired. The Webster's dictionary defines grace as the unmerited love and favor of God toward mankind. It's unmerited. We don't have to earn it, achieve it, or do anything, but receive it through faith. I want to receive God's grace and favor on my writing, and in every area of my life.



I want to write for Christians who need inspiration, and non-Christians who need Jesus. I want to write for God, so He can be glorified through my writing. When people see my name on the front cover of a novel, I want them to see God's witness and His testimony. I want my writing to live.



"Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed...God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did." (Romans 4:16, 17)

4 comments:

  1. Jenn, I know how easy it is to get caught up in wanting the glory and money. I've been there and still fight the temptation.

    I do need the money! LOL But anything I have comes from God and is a blessing from Him.

    I know God will use your writing!

    Missy

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  2. Thanks, Missy.

    I still have the desire to make enough money to stay at home and write full-time. This is a dream that is still with me. I'm so glad that God has changed my heart. Sometimes we don't even realize we've gotten ourselves into a position where we need to change. While God has been a part of my life since I was nine, I didn't make him the center of my life until I turned 30. It was high time.

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  3. Same here, Jenn. The things I want mirror your comment above. I praying for change too.

    And by the way, I've opened up Romans and started reading it too. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  4. Thanks. Great post with great insight.
    Thank you,
    Angie

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