Giving up your rights

Don’t we have the right to live in your homes and share your meals? Don’t we have the right to bring a Christian wife along with us as the other disciples and the Lord’s brothers and Peter do? Yet we have never used this right.  I Corinthians 9:18, NLT

Have you ever heard of the Miranda Rights?  It’s the wording police officers are required to share with a suspect when taken into custody. As a result of The Miranda Law, anyone in police custody must be told four things before being questioned:

  1. You have the right to remain silent.
  2. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.
  3. You have the right to an attorney.
  4. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you.

Were your aware suspects can waive their rights either expressly or implicitly? According to

To expressly waive Miranda rights, the suspect would state (or sign something stating) that he or she waives the right to remain silent or the right to have an attorney present. 

Like the Miranda rights for a suspect, you also have certain rights as you live your life. You have the right to live a certain lifestyle; you have the right to pursue your career and attain a certain level of income. You have the right to climb the ladder of success.  But what if God asked you to give up some of your rights? Would you be willing to waive them so you could have time to write for Christian publication?

The apostle Paul chose to waive his rights. He had the right to marry, live comfortably and get paid for his work as a carpenter. Yet, he chose to waive his rights so he could have the freedom to preach the gospel.

If it is your desire to write for Christian publication, it may require some type of sacrifice on your part. Are there any rights you’d be willing to give up today to write for the kingdom?

Sharing the journey,


Responding to God’s call to write: Name one right you’re willing to waive today to write for Christian publication?

Writer’s Prayer:  Father, if it is necessary as I seek to live my calling as a Christian writer, help me to waive some of my rights. Amen.

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