The Written Word Changes Lives

The written word changes lives.

I had the distinct privilege of being a part of a missions organization that helped fund a project  through Pioneer Bible Translators to bring a written language to a remote tribe in Papau New Guinea. Once that language was established, a team worked diligently over many months to translate the New Testament into the language of that tribe.

As I learned about the tribe and their customs, I was struck by the fact that for years these people had spent the majority of their time trying to appease evil spirits. They lived in constant fear. Missionaries spent years working with the tribal people, teaching them about Jesus and then translating God’s Word into their language so they could pick up a New Testament Bible and read for themselves the message of salvation through Jesus Christ.

Just imagine with me for a moment what it must have been like for these people to read these words for the first time, after spending their entire lives trying to appease evil spirits on a daily basis and living in a constant state of fear:

If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave Him up for us all, how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.
-Romans 8:31-34 (NIV1984)

The written word changes lives.

As you write the messages God has placed upon your heart, you have the opportunity to share the message of hope through faith in Christ using your unique voice through your particular genre.

God is for us; who can be against us? May you find a greater sense of calling and purpose as you consider how your words can impact the lives of your readers. Writing is a calling. Be diligent. Seek God for strength and courage and inspiration.

The written word changes lives.

How have you seen people’s lives changed through the words God has inspired you to write? (It’s okay to boast, as long as we are boasting in the Lord! – See 1 Corinthians 1:31)

6 Replies to “The Written Word Changes Lives”

  1. Hi! This says just what I plan to say at a missions conference in a few weeks. Would you mind if I read this to them and gave them your name and other contact info if available? My goal is to emphasize the need for missionaries to work on their writing skills to impress on their supporters the significance of the work they do. Is that OK for me to read this to them?

    1. Hi Kay, you are welcome to share it as long as you include the source. I hope it helps! 🙂

  2. I really appreciate this post. As we develop our relationship with Jesus we see his love. While He does not condone willful sin. That is the only time we need to fear Him. He always welcomes our repentant tears.

  3. I have written three books – all self published. After being a pastor- counselor for years,I felt impressed to write down all the things the Lord has taught me along the way. The first book is writing Biblical truths for healing called Finally Free. People have reported that the truth of God has not only changed them but healed them. I am so grateful to be His vessel.

  4. I don’t think my words have done nearly as much as your account described above, but I know God has used them. I have a friend whose dyslexic son benefitted from vision training because of a repost I had on my blog (not even my words) and my sister and I have grown closer since she read my manuscript. I was able to communicate things through my characters I couldn’t have otherwise. It spurred lots of great conversations about faith and how to best put it into action.

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