The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers… – Ephesians 4:11 (NRSV)
I never thought of writing as a ministry. Or called it that.
Then I began to see blog posts and mimes on the topic. So I turned to the Bible and looked for a reference.
The list of ministry gifts or offices given by the apostle Paul in Ephesian 4:11 does not include writing, at least not explicitly. But it doesn’t include music ministry or clothes closets or digging wells in Kenya either. And I think that most of us would agree that, in the proper context, all of these things can be considered a ministry.
Of course, each of these things fit into one of the offices Paul mentions as well. Music ministers are part of the worship team just like pastors. And both clothes closets and well digging are, at their heart, a form of evangelism. While the activities themselves aren’t identified as an office, they are vehicles of a given office.
And I think the same thing can be said about writing (and podcasting, and broadcasting, and video). Writing can prophesy. It can teach. And, as anyone who has converted after reading the perfect book at the perfect time can attest, it can evangelize.
I still find it hard to think of my writing as a ministry and I think that’s okay. For now I am comfortable calling it an outreach. A way I can share Christian resources and and some of my own experience.
Sometimes it’s hard to think of yourself as someone who has something meaningful to share. But I know that it is important to believe in the gifts that God has given us and the things we feel called to do with those gifts. Whether it’s music or writing or speaking, it is from Him.
And whatever else we may think about ourselves, we have to believe that God knew what he was doing when he created us – just as we are!
You created every part of me; you put me together in my mother’s womb. – Psalm 139:13 (Good News Translation)