3 Ways to Glorify God in Your Writing

Recently, I came to realize that I tend to compartmentalize. I like to keep God in His box, and I like to keep writing in its own little box, far away from God.

I’m not saying I’ve written things that are graphically sinful, completely unwholesome, and rife with heresy because I haven’t. I just tend to be buddy-buddy with God during my devotions and talk with Him some throughout the day, but when I light my writing candle, I tend to shut everything out. Including God. I’m not so much, “God, don’t interfere with my writing!” as I am “You can go away now.” Both are bad.

3 ways glorify god 2Anyway, I’ve thought up some ways to bring God into my writing. Or rather, bring my writing into God. I don’t want to write just stories. I want my writing to be a reflection of my love for God. I want my writing to glorify Him. I want Him to use my writing to turn hearts to the Truth.

So, here are three ways to glorify God in your writing.

Pray before you write.

This is the time when you’ve got your notebook, maps, and all other supplies. You’ve lit your writing candle, and the blank page blinks at you.
Stop and pray. It doesn’t have to be long (it can be though, if you want it). It’s just bowing your head and having some words with the Creator the universe. There’s lots you can say. Lots you can ask.

Thank Him for the gift of writing. He’s the one that gave it to you.

Thank Him for your creativity. He’s the one that built you with it.

Thank Him for the sunshine (or the starlight).

Ask Him to guide you as you write.

Ask Him to help you with a troublesome plot point.

Ask Him to help you glorify Him.

Pray that He will enjoy the time writing with you.

Pray that it will be a sweet time of fellowship.

Basically, invite Him into your writing time. If there’s some sin that’s come between you and Him, confess it. Your writing won’t glorify Him much if you aren’t in communion with Him. If you want your writing to truly be an offering to Him, a sweet fragrance to Him, you need to start with Him.

So, take two minutes before you start scratching away at the page or plucking away at the keys, and talk with God.

Read Scripture before you write.

If you have a key verse or Scripture passage that inspires your writing, read it a couple times. It can be for your writing as a whole or your WIP.

I understand not all writing projects will have a key verse, but I encourage you to find one that reflects one of your main themes. And for writing as a whole (for life as whole, actually) I encourage you to pick a verse (or verses) that is your anthem.

For instance, my verse for writing as a whole is 1 Corinthians 10:31 which says, “Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” I want the glory of God to be the goal of my writing. I want to write to glorify Him. So I decided that 1 Corinthians 10:31 would be my writing verse.

An example of a specific project verse is Matthew 5:14-16 which says, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before other, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father Who is in heaven.” This is my primary passage for Flickering Lights.

Once you have your verse(s), read it before you write. Put it on an index card or write it in your notebook. Keep it somewhere accessible, and read it before you write. It doesn’t have to be aloud, but really think about the words. You’ll have it memorized soon enough.

This isn’t supposed to be some ritual to empower your writing. It’s supposed to turn your heart to God and let Him move in your writing.

Write for God, not yourself.

So much, I hear the advice, “Write for yourself! When you stop relying on other people for your motivation to write, that’s when you write more. That’s when you’ll stay true to yourself.”

I say no.

Write for God.

That’s when you’ll stay true to Him because honestly, this isn’t about you. At least it shouldn’t be. If you truly want to glorify Him, your writing (and everything else you have, for that matter) will be about Him and for Him. When He’s your inspiration and motivation, you will glorify Him.

There you have it!

These aren’t tricks or guarantees. But I’ve been using them for a few weeks now, and it has changed my mindset on writing. I hope that these ideas/practices are as helpful to you as they have been to me.

What are some of the ways you work to glorify God in your writing?

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14 thoughts on “3 Ways to Glorify God in Your Writing

  1. I personally use these ‘techniques’ and it has done wonders for me. Sometimes its easy to forget why I write, especially when it can be easy to get caught up in the world’s views of doing things for yourself. While it would be nice to be successful financially in the writers world…let that not be our motive …for ministering to others in your stories and sharing the love the Lord has given you is far more greater than money. The love of the Lord and writing for him should be our drive not money or fame or well selfish ambition. He gave us the gift to use for HIS glory. Im not saying that making money off your stories is wrong. Just dont let it be the drive. If he chooses to bless you financially through story writing so be it. :)

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  2. Your love for our Lord and desire to honor Him in all things just oozes out of your pores and your pen, Rosalie! So glad to receive this encouragement today, sweet friend.

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  3. I hold to the position I am a Christian first and foremost, and I am a writer, but I am not called to be a Christian writer. That is, my books don’t have a blatant Christian message, nor do I seek to bring others to Christ through my writing. Instead, I seek to tell a good story from the perspective I have. Several years ago, when I separated from the Southern Baptist Convention and all denominations on principle, I endured a transition in the way I think about glorifying God.

    In that time, I realized the Holy Spirit will use my work to inherently show Himself. I have gotten more out of many works of non-Christian fiction than I have any Christian fiction. That is not to say Christian fiction does not have a place and is not needed, but it is not something that reaches me. Consequently, I don’t write Christian fiction, and yet I still find Christian parallels in my writing that Believers will likely recognize and non-Christians may or may not understand. I don’t put such things in my writing intentionally, but they show up as part of the story, surprising me more often than not.

    Now, I have also done some searching in Scripture and in my relationship with Christ, and many things my fellow Brethren would frown upon appear in my novels (such as characters swearing; that seems to be a big issue, for some reason). I do not hold to the position that any particular word is sinful, and so I use them as the words fit the character. That having been said, I continue with a clear conscience that God is glorified in my writing by the fact I am His follower, and He has called me to write. So long as I am not intending to sin in my writing, He shows up again and again.

    In short, the only way I know to glorify God in my writing is to write.

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    • I appreciate your thoughts on this subject. I, too, am a Christian, and a writer, but not a “Christian Writer”. I have struggled time and again with what I ought to be writing. Often my writing starts out with a very secular tone, and ends up with a very spiritual perspective. I feel like God works through His Spirit in mine to bring out truth and clarity in a way I could not do on my own. My desire is to be honest in my writing, and God honors that desire by continuing to illuminate my mind and spirit and bring a message that relates to all of His children, whether they know Him yet or not.

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