If God has called you to the ministry of Christian blogging, you’re in good company.
In a sense, Jesus’ disciples were models for all writers blogging for Jesus. They didn’t establish a dot com or store their letters in a virtual cloud. But their testimonies turned the world upside down for Christ. And as Christian bloggers, we’re called to do the same thing.
With the click of a mouse, Christian bloggers can send the life-giving message of the gospel to the uttermost parts of the globe. For example, Kingdom Bloggers reaches over 15k people each month from countries without running water (but that have a wi-fi connection)!
That’s why Christian bloggers can’t afford to stray from their calling. There’s too much at stake. With our blogs as a platform, we’ve been called to reach the world for Jesus Christ right now!
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QUESTIONS FOR ANYONE CALLED TO CHRISTIAN BLOGGING
Everyone called to the ministry of Christian blogging should ask this simple question: why do I want to be heard?
The answer seems obvious: of course, you want to share the gospel.
And that’s why you want to build a following.
To be honest, it’s fairly easy to learn how to start a ministry blog.
But it takes a lot of work to stay true to your calling as a Christian blogger. That’s why it’s important, to be honest about why you want to be heard in the first place.
The following questions may help you examine why you want to be heard:
AS A CHRISTIAN BLOGGER, ARE YOU TRUE TO YOUR MESSAGE?
The disciples never wavered in their teaching.
No matter how many likes or shares they risked, their focus was steadfast.
They weren’t interested in building a platform or gaining recognition. Instead, they focused their efforts on proclaiming the entire truth of the gospel.
But you are to proclaim things consistent with sound teaching. (Titus 2:1 CSB)
As Christian bloggers, it’s tempting to dilute Biblical truth to avoid stepping on readers’ toes. But in all honesty, it’s virtually impossible to share the entire truth of the gospel without causing offense at one time or another.
Be diligent to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who doesn’t need to be ashamed, correctly teaching the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15)
Our words should always be seasoned with grace. But we dare not back down from proclaiming the life-changing truth of the gospel even if there’s a chance it will be unpopular.
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IS THE MAIN PURPOSE OF YOUR BLOG TO MAKE JESUS KNOWN OR TO MAKE MONEY?
Christian blogging requires an investment of time and money. And since bloggers can spend full-time hours writing and maintaining their blogs, there’s no reason they shouldn’t attempt to earn an income.
However, Christian blog topics should never forsake TRUTH for the purpose of selling merchandise or building an email list.
For there are many rebellious people, full of empty talk and deception, especially those from the circumcision party. It is necessary to silence them; they are ruining entire households by teaching what they shouldn’t in order to get money dishonestly. (Titus 1:10-11)
Jesus cleared the temple in Jerusalem because vendors were exploiting those who'd come there to worship. (Matthew 21:12) For the vendors, making money was more important than worshiping God.
Christian bloggers are called to share Jesus. Readers come to our blogs to hear biblical truth so they deserve a quality message. They subscribe to our blogs and sign up for our “freebies” because they want something that has value and relevance in relation to helping them grow in their walk with Christ.
Creating and selling products of value that help your readers grow as a Christian is completely OK as long as the main goal is to help your reader grow as a Christian.
Otherwise, money has become more important than the message.
For we do not market the word of God for profit like so many. On the contrary, we speak with sincerity in Christ, as from God and before God. (2Co 2:17)
DOES YOUR LIFESTYLE REFLECT YOUR WRITINGS?
The disciples’ lifestyles were consistent with their teachings.
A Christian called to the ministry of Christian blogging is responsible to walk in fellowship with Christ. And to feel free to share struggles as well as victories.
As Christian bloggers, we’re not called to be perfect. We are called to be faithful.
Make yourself an example of good works with integrity and dignity in your teaching. Your message is to be sound beyond reproach so that any opponent will be ashamed because he doesn’t have anything bad to say about us. (Titus 2:7-8)
ARE YOU CONTENTIOUS?
The disciples didn’t get into arguments or debates about things that didn’t matter.
Christian blogging should steer clear of the same thing.
But avoid foolish debates, genealogies, quarrels, and disputes about the law, because they are unprofitable and worthless. (Titus 3:9)
When it comes to controversial topics, it’s always best to let the Bible speak for itself. Your opinions will never save the world. But the truth of the gospel will.
Being Called to Christian Blogging
Christian blogging is a fast-growing, exciting segment of online ministry.
As digital missionaries for Christ, we may have new tools, but we don’t have a new message.
Instead, we’re called to share the same life-giving message of Jesus Christ that has been proclaimed for generations.
The same truth. The same Christ. The same hope.
And as we remain true to our calling of Christian blogging, we’re positioned to permeate the world with the sweet-smelling aroma of Christ.
But thanks be to God, who always leads us in Christ’s triumphal procession and through us spreads the aroma of the knowledge of him in every place. For to God we are the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. To some, we are an aroma of death leading to death, but to others, an aroma of life leading to life. Who is adequate for these things? (2Co 2:14-16)
Be sure to also read:
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- The Importance of Branding Your Christian Blog
- Defining Your Christian Blog Audience – Why So Many Christian Blogs Don’t Flourish
- Best Blogging Tools and Resources for Christian Bloggers