Why you must write (a compelling sense of responsibility)

Why you must write (a compelling sense of responsibility)

Writing requires you to withdraw from the grind of daily living and schedule to spend some time in the world of ideas and silent voices.  Silent voices?  Yes, they are silent and they are voices at the same time.  How?  Well, no-one can hear them but you.  Writing is a form of speaking.  All speaking requires that you hear first, then speak.  Writers are first hearers then speakers.

Hearing introduces a clear responsibility.  If I am the one to catch the idea for everyone else, I am duty bound to speak.  Humanity is poorer without my contribution.  For everything that God wants to say and introduce to the family of man, He looks for someone who is ready to hear it and disseminate to everyone else.  God has His conditions for communicating messages and ideas.  He does not compromise them.  What sort of conditions?  Here are a few:

Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces. Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

(Matthew 7:6-7)

And you shall seek me, and find me, when you shall search for me with all your heart.  (Jeremiah 29:13)

And you shall put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and in the ark you shall put the testimony that I shall give you.
And there I will meet with you, and I will commune with you from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give you in commandment unto the children of Israel.  (Exodus 25: 21- 22)

And Hezekiah prayed before the LORD, and said, O LORD God of Israel, who dwells between the cherubims, you are the God, even you alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; you have made heaven and earth.  (2 Kings 19:15)

Not everyone can meet the above conditions.

  1. Not everyone treats valuable and holy ideas with the requisite respect.

  2. Not everyone is persistent enough to ask until they receive, seek until they find and knock until the door is opened unto them.

  3. Not everyone’s heart is available to seek God with the “whole” heart until He is found.

  4. God’s secrets reside where He is, in His presence.

A few will hear the ideas that God seeks to release to humanity.  They are duty bound to help the rest of us with what they hear.  The one who is awake, alert and/or attentive is the one who will see the fire rage.  He is duty bound to sound the alarm for everyone else to run to safety.  Not everyone was ready to notice the danger – but everyone needs the information.

For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!  (1 Corinthians 9:16)

I believe it is this compelling sense of duty that fastened Paul to his desk.  “Woe is unto me,” he says.  He is convinced that he is headed for terror and doom if he does not speak the gospel message.  This was Paul and the gospel message.  His convictions are relevant for everyone who is born again. We are duty bound to tell the world that Jesus is Alive!

While we learn about the duty and urgency of communicating the gospel message, the Bible lends truth to every idea that benefits the family of man.  A great sense of duty to communicate the idea you carry should grip you – otherwise you will not sit at the table.  Not only a sense of duty, but you must be convinced that all will not be well with you if you do not say what you are meant to say and do what you are meant to do.

A combination of both the incentive of reward for obedience and the certainty of punishment for disobedience are necessary to spur us to action in the noblest of tasks.