How a Relationship with Jesus Changes our Writing | Guest Post

by - August 02, 2019

Hey there, friends! Today, I am excited to present a guest post by a fellow YDubberHannah Kohner! In this post, Hannah shares with us some amazing insight about how our relationship with Jesus changes our writing.


I started writing when I was seven years old. I grew up in the church, read my Bible, and lived the “perfect Christian life.” But, how come it took me so long before I combined Jesus and my writing into one? Why didn’t my love for Jesus leak onto the pages I wrote, and flow through the pen’s ink within my hand like a river? After all, He was first in my life.


Or was He?


As humans growing up in this generation, we have the tendency to casually want everything to be quick, easy, and cost-free. Don’t get me wrong, I love it when things are easy, too! But that is the exact opposite of what Christianity is meant to be.


We want the benefits of living for Jesus (godly writing, salvation, freedom, joy, comfort, eternal life, and peace), yet we forget that Christianity is not about what Jesus can do for us. It’s about Jesus Himself.


We say we love Him, but, if we truly do, we would count all of this world as loss for His sake, wouldn’t we? It’s easy to talk the talk and write godly articles, without meaning what we actually say and write. We can’t fool Jesus by saying we’ll “live like the world and like Him.” He knows our hearts!


If we want to truly follow Jesus and have a better relationship with Him, we must accept the cross. That means accepting the suffering, persecution, tribulation, fire, testing, loneliness, and pain of taking up our own cross as much as the joy.


There is a cost to pay to follow Jesus. Many of us forget that part.


My writing changed when I myself paid the price to follow Jesus. I’m not talking about saying a prayer or going to church every Sunday. I mean counting all as loss for Him. I chose to throw that sin and the chance of ever being popular away, in order to gain Christ instead. If we want to know God better, we have to be all in. That includes loving others and striving to obey Him no matter how hard it may be!


Surrendering your life and completely dedicating yourself to the King of the world is the first step to having a better relationship with Him. He knows our motives. Are we seeking to know Him for what He can give us, or for who He truly is? When we strive to please God and to give Him glory above all else, we’ll be changed inside and out. God promised us in His Word that those who seek Him with their entire heart will find Him!


I’ve stumbled across several teenagers in my Christian walk who say things like, “I could never do that;” “I don't know what God wants me to do next;” “It’s like there’s a wall between God and me.”


I respond with things like, “Are you dedicated?” “Are you holding on to things that grieve Him?” “Are you seeking God with your whole heart, or only half of it?” The problem isn’t that we aren’t saying the right words or singing loud enough. The problem is that we are not seeking God with our whole hearts, and He wants us to seek Him wholeheartedly (Jeremiah 29:13)!


Here are three ways I seek God in my daily life (take note that I didn’t say weekly):

  1. Read my Bible. Are you reading your Bible every day? That is how God speaks to us! The more we have conversations with our friends, the better we get to know them. It is the same way with God!
  2. Worship. Take that time out of your day that you would use to go online, or play a game, and worship instead (with or without music). Sit in God’s presence (on your knees, dancing, lying flat on the ground, standing with arms raised, etc). David, Asaph, Solomon, Moses, and Jesus all lived lives of worship, and look how in tune they were with their Creator!
  3. Write. Don’t be consumed with the thought of being perfect. Just write for Jesus. Sit down and ask Him to work through you. The more you get used to God using you when you write, the easier it will be on big websites and platforms, and in every other area of your life where God wants to use you.
One of the most inconvenient, yet truthful statements, I have ever spoken to a Jesus-hungry person is this: “Developing a relationship with Christ is no recipe.” What I mean by that is, having that intimate and personal relationship with Christ does not come about with a couple of easy steps and a few ingredients within a certain time frame. It’s different for everybody.


Give God time. Show Him you are dedicated and want Him more than anything else. Don’t just say it, but live it. His love is better than life!


So in the end, the words you write reflect who you are. It’s like a light that shines down upon your life and gives the world an idea of your style, personality, interests, and beliefs. It also shows what you put your time into: researching, learning, writing, and reading. How will you not only write about Jesus, or for Jesus, but with Jesus this week? He gave it all up for you. Will you give it all up for Him? The reward is the greatest of all!


About the Author


Hannah Kohner is a seventeen-year-old Jesus-loving writer, world-changer, homeschooler, and Minnesotan. Her passion is to see this generation boldly stand up and live for Jesus, even if they are the only ones standing. She desires to encourage those in their walk with Christ, and help them shine their light, living to their full potential. When Hannah is not writing, she can be found enjoying the great outdoors, Bible journaling, choreographing worship dances, and studying for the National Bible Bee. You can read her weekly posts on her blog, Generation Lights.


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9 comments

  1. This is a great article! I wholeheartedly agree. As the hymn says:

    "I’ll put my whole heart in His service,
    And do all he asketh of me;
    I mean to live holy and blameless—
    A Christian indeed will I be."

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    1. I love that hymn! (I've never heard of it before, but those lyrics are great!!) Thanks for reading, AJ! Hannah did a great job! :D

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    2. Amen, AJ!! That is so good!

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    3. Also, thank you for reading!

      -Hannah

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    1. Thank you for reading, Abigail! Glad you enjoyed it! :D (Also, I miss you on YDubs! <3)

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  3. This. Was. So. Good. Thank you for sharing, Hannah!! This is such a needed topic. <3

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    1. Yes, it is!! Hannah did a fantastic job! Thanks for reading, Kassie! :D

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    2. Thank you, Cassie! This is so encouraging. :D Amen!

      -Hannah

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