“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. God therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” ~ Jesus speaking in Matthew 28:19&20
There's a new movie out I am looking forward to seeing this week. God's Not Dead tells the story of a college philosophy professor and one of his students and their debate on the existence of God. It looks to be a well written story that the writers have taken care to carefully present..
As I writer myself, I take the task of what I write very seriously. I know the power of words and their longevity; especially in written form. Words have the ability to inspire and instigate, transform and transport. Through a well-formed collection of words, a writer can capture the hearts and minds of many. Because of the enormous possibilities that lie within a written phrase, I have determined to be responsible with the information I impart. My goal is to continually share truth in a way that challenges and calls the reader to the best life possible.
I find it incredibly interesting and inspiring that Jesus is referred to as the Word (John 1:1) and the Word of life (1 John 1:1) in Scriptures. He speaks of Himself as the way, the truth and the life, and the only passage to the Father. (John 14:6) Repeatedly throughout the gospels He speaks of how we are to live and love one another. Time and again He tells us this place and time we currently call life is temporary, but there is another eternal time coming.
His words challenge and call me to live in a way contrary to most human reaction. He speaks of dying to self and laying down our lives for others. Yet, in choosing to follow the precepts He exampled through His own life, I find I have been given a life far more abundant than what I ever imagined.
It’s a curious thing.
Although Jesus lived and died over 2,000 years ago, the words I read in the Bible concerning His life has transformed mine. There was a moment where I chose to believe they were more than an historical document, but rather words of truth to accept as fact. This was not because of someone coercing me to believe something, but an active, informed choice on my part that radically changed me forever.
Having had my life changed because of this truth, I take seriously the divine assignment given to all believers. I cannot possibly know how far the words I write will travel, nor the impact they might have on others, but I do know I will continue to do as I am called to do.
May God receive all the glory.