Why you must write (Words go where we cannot appear)

Why you must write (Words go where we cannot appear)

We are spirits confined to the physical body.  Our spirits and souls can fly anywhere, conceiving and imagining anything.  Our spirits and souls are free but our bodies are limited.  We can do our best to travel to different places and do different things, but we can only go so far.  When all is said and done, we can only go so many places, see and impact so many people.  We are free in spirit and mind but we are limited in mobility.

The juxtaposition is that once an idea is valuable, it is the responsibility of the steward of the idea to spread it as far and wide as possible.  The value of an idea must be the span of its wings.  The idea must fly as far and wide as it is valuable.

An idea does not need to be confined to the places and people we can meet physically.  Our thoughts can go through writing, where our feet cannot reach.  Our ideas must travel through pages and screens and meet the eye balls of people with whom we will be unable to make eye contact.

This is one of the first reasons we must write.  Words go where we cannot appear. Paul is a significant writing apostle, he wrote arguably, between 8 – 13 books of the New Testament, prudentially, nearly a third of the 27 books.  He says two statements which add weight to the importance of writing:

The word of God is not bound.

Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel: Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound.
(2 Timothy 2:8-9)

One of the ways the word of God cannot be bound is through writing, which frees it from the limitations that may be placed on its teachers and preachers from time to time.

Paul speaks here and says that he has suffered for the message he preaches, even to the extent of imprisonment.  In paraphrase, though I have been imprisoned, he remarks, the word of God is not imprisoned.  Here, he speaks of the word of God, which is a broad topic and transcends the written text to include the word already written on people’s hearts.  It cannot be imprisoned with their bodies because it continues to work in their spirits and minds.

However, a lot can be implied to the written text.  The written text cannot be imprisoned with its author.  By extension, the majority of limitations and inhibitions that can be placed on the writer cannot be placed on what he writes.  Where the writer cannot reach physically, the word he has written surely can.

Strikingly, it is widely agreed that Paul wrote 2 Timothy from a Roman prison cell.  With the stone wall and steel chain limitations of prison firmly in place Paul wrote this encouraging and insightful letter to Timothy.

Paul could not leave the cell when he wrote, centuries later, his words continue to reach the uttermost parts of the earth…