In I Corinthians 3:9, Scripture tells us that we are co-laborers with Christ. As such, we cooperate with Him in accomplishing His work in the earth.
Those of us who are writers cooperate with Christ by writing what He wants us to write when He wants us to write it and how He wants us to write it. In other words, we submit our artistic will to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
Writing in partnership with God requires the following character traits:
1) Attentiveness to His voice. In order to write with God, we must first be able to hear His voice. It is as God speaks to us that we know what He wants us to write for Him.
2) Obedience to His voice. Once we hear God’s voice, we must then obey it. Hearing without doing leads to deception (James 1:22).
There is no experience quite like that of discerning Holy Spirit hovering over your shoulder as you write, whispering His words of life to your spirit, processing those words through your mind, and then recording those words through your fingertips. For the writer who follows Christ, this is what it means to write with God.
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