You Can Reach the World for Christ from Your Laptop
A Christian friend of mine has a blog. He hasn’t been happy with the direction it has been going recently, so he asked me what he should do about it.
I had plenty of “nuts and bolts” ideas about his writing, how he was doing Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and a few other things.
But he wasn’t asking about that. He was asking a deeper question. He was ruminating about whether or not blogging was a good use of his time.
I could only share from my own experience and tell him to keep on blogging for Jesus. Why did I offer that advice to him, and now to you? Here are the reasons.
You Can Reach the World from Your Laptop
I have traveled the world sharing the Gospel, from the South Seas to Siberia. I’ve had the opportunity to preach in places as diverse as Wikiup, Arizona and prisons that were once part of the old Soviet Gulag. I have been chased by Ingush rebels and escaped angry Serbs at a UN border crossing. Traveling to reach people for Christ is not new to me.
Besides preaching, I also shared the Gospel as an educator. But literature ministry has always been my main work — writing and editing books, magazine articles, newsletters and web posts in the hundreds… all to further the Gospel.
At a certain point I could no longer travel. I started a Christian website and in a short time was reaching more than 50,000 people per month. I was able to reach far more people around the world each month than I did in the previous decades of traveling.
Note: This post was adapted from the author’s eBook, How to Blog for Jesus.
I learned that I could reach the world from my laptop computer.
I sold that website to a large ministry and focused on this site, ChristianWritingToday.com. My purpose is to train and inspire Christian writers, thus multiplying my efforts as Paul taught in 2 Timothy 2:2.
My hope is that I will inspire you, and provide some basic writing skills, so you can tell others about the Jesus Christ.
All Christians Have a Great Commission
All Christians have a responsibility to share their faith. In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
This passage is known as “The Great Commission.”
Non-Christians dislike the idea that Christians have a mandate to share their faith. They would rather Christians keep their beliefs private. In trying to mute Christian expression, they seek to de-legitimize the Christian worldview in the marketplace of ideas.
Nevertheless, all Christians have an obligation to speak the truth in love. Jesus reminds us that “No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar or under a basket, but on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light” (Luke 11:33).
Christian writers have a special obligation to be “salt and light” (Matthew 5:13-16) in our decaying and dark world.
Some people may speak to their neighbor about Christ and others may travel the world sharing their faith. But many can start a blog to reach the world with the message of Christian hope.
Literature Ministry Changes Lives
Our faith began with what is known as the “oral tradition.” Jesus never wrote anything we know of, expect a few words in the sand (John 8:3-8). He spoke to people and his message transformed their hearts and minds.
As one person shared what they heard with others, faith spread. Early disciples traveled to share the message. Then, to multiply their efforts, some, like the Apostle Paul, began writing letters to the faithful. Later, people wanted to know the history of their faith and the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) were written, along with the Book of Acts.
The New Testament is made up of letters by Paul and others, the histories which include the words of Christ, and the prophetic book known as Revelation.
From that point on, literature ministry blossomed and the Lord blessed it.
Since then, perhaps billions of people have come to Christ, and been encouraged in their faith, though the written page. Not only when Bibles were mass printed starting in the late 1600’s, but through printed sermons, commentaries, theological and inspirational books, magazine articles and now blog posts today.
Writing a blog that conveys the Christian worldview, in its many facets, is a worthy way to share the Gospel. The Holy Spirit can use your writing to change lives.
Writer and missionary C.T. Studd penned this truth:
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.
It’s great if you feel called to travel to international destinations to share the Gospel as I once did. However, you can make an impact for Christ around the world by sharing the Good News through blogging.
You can become an influential person by sharing your Christian values, by mobilizing other Christians, and even by raising money for Christian causes.