Many people have asked me:
Do you have to be called to be a writer?
If so, How do you know if you are called?
As a Christian, my intimate relationship with the Lord allows me to be in tune with the Holy Spirit. Sometimes calling comes in the form of an intuition, the encouragement of others or an audible voice. As I pray and seek God’s direction, His spirit prods me at times to specific tasks.
I felt this prodding from the Spirit to pursue writing in a moment of prayer and solitude in 2009. It was not an audible voice, but a strong sense during a time of worship. I had not thought about writing in many years. In fact, I had not written anything for about twelve years. That is how I knew I was called to be a writer. It just happened.
But is that the only way we know we are called to something?
Perhaps you are struggling with whether or not you are called to be a writer or just write as a hobby or interest. I thought I would explore the bible to see what it has to say about the concept of the calling.
Here are some of the people who felt a calling on their lives by God:
John the Baptist
The twelve disciples
The additional seventy two disciples in Luke 9 and 10
All of Rome
The churches under Paul’s leadership
Here are some of the things they were called to:*
1) Prepare the way of the Lord and to comfort God’s people (Isaiah 40:1-3)
2) Follow him (Matthew 9:9, Mark 1:20; Luke 5:27)
3) Be the light of the world (Matthew 5:14)
4) Live a life worthy of His calling by being patient, humble, gentle, bearing with each other in love and keeping the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace (Ephesians 4:1-3)
5) Be set apart for the gospel of God (Romans 1:1)
6) Be his holy people (Romans 1:5)
7) Be saints ( Romans 1:7)
8) Preach the good news to the poor (numerous verses)
Other verses worth noting:
1) By being worthy of our calling, God will bring to fruition our every desire for goodness and our every deed prompted by faith.” ( 1 Thessalonians 1:11)
2)As holy brothers and sisters, we all share the same calling (Hebrews 3:1)
3) If we confirm our calling, we will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:9)
*Verses taken from the New International Bible, 2011
Ironically, most of these people used writing as a tool to fulfill these callings.
So, are you called to be a writer?
I don’t know.
I can’t tell you whether you have a specific call to write. I also can’t dictate what role writing will play in your daily life. But much like all things, we are called to “eagerly desire the gifts” (1 corinthians 12:31). The only way you know if you have a gift, is to open it, and try it out.