Have you ever asked yourself why should I write Christian Fiction...what’s the point...should I keep going? Take a look at Nehemiah. Those close to Nehemiah probably never expected the mild-mannered man to ever step out of his comfort zone, leave the safety of the king’s palace to go on work detail. Add to that the fact he was in captivity. He served a foreign government. He also didn’t have a background in planning or building that we know of...he was the king’s cupbearer. Yet this man became instrumental in rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. We can look at that wall both literally and figuratively. Nehemiah is a role model today of a man who listened to God and followed His guidance and make a great impact. Nehemiah was a builder.
But how does Nehemiah’s wall compare to writing Christian fiction?
· He saw a need. Maybe for you it’s a personal burden or maybe someone has shown you the need.
Nehemiah 1:3 And they said unto me, “The remnant who are left behind from the captivity there in the province are in great affliction
· He had dual purpose. The people who build the wall had one hand at work and one hand on a sword. Don’t Christian writers do this too? Your story is on one hand from you and on the other, filled with God’s word (the Sword of the Spirit)
Nehemiah 4:17-18 Those who built on the wall and those who bore burdens with those who loaded — every one with one of his hands wrought in the work and with the other hand held a weapon. For the builders, every one, had his sword girded by his side, and so built.
· He desired to be used of God. Nehemiah had his conflict. He had people who didn’t want that wall built. There was opposition within his group and externally but he didn’t quit. He prayed and he perceived that his work should keep going, that God was behind him. He finished the task.
Nehemiah 6:15-16 So the wall was finished in the twenty and fifth day of the month of Elul, in fifty and two days. And it came to pass that when all our enemies heard thereof, and all the heathen who were about us saw these things, they were much cast down in their own eyes; for they perceived that this work was wrought by our God.
Read the whole book, it is really is amazing.
So built we the wall...for the people had a mind to work. Nehemiah 4:6