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In the last two months, one of the most common questions I’ve been asked is “What does it take to be an author?”. The second most common question I’ve been asked is “Does writing make a lot of money?” The third follows suit with “What do you really do?” 

Everyone has a calling from God. At its core, this purpose is (or should be!) to share the Gospel. Our job is to love God, love others, and take as many people with us to Heaven as we can. Whether you’re a teacher, lawyer, doctor, custodian, or writer, our mission in life as Christians should be the same. There’s no greater value in one job over another as long as we’re living with this ambition in mind. 

1 Corinthians 10:31 says it this way: “So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (NLT). Colossians 3:23-24 explains this further by noting that our profession doesn’t matter as much as our God-given purpose. 

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving” (Colossians 3:23-24, NIV). 

Because it’s commonly misunderstood, I’d like to shed some light on what it takes to be an author. In doing so, I hope you’ll find applications for your life—even if you aren’t an author!