Start first in Jerusalem

And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samara, and to the ends of the earth. Acts 1:8b

After Jesus’ Resurrection and before he ascended into heaven, he commissioned his twelve disciples to share the good news about him with the world. But instead of commissioning them to share the good news first at the end of the earth, he told them to start in Jerusalem.

It’s important to follow the same strategy Jesus gave his disciples when you begin writing for Christian publication. As a new writer, rather than submitting your work to a national publication, start with a local one. For example, submit your article to a local magazine or newspaper; submit a poem, devotional or short story to your church or community magazine; write your own blog and send it to family and friends, or write an opinion-editorial piece and submit it to your local newspaper. As your work is accepted for publication in the smaller markets and your credibility increases as a writer, then you’ll be ready to submit to the larger ones.

Ready to start making a difference in the world through your  Christian writings? Then start first in your Jerusalem.

Sharing the journey,


Writer to Master: Father, thank you for the reminder to start writing first in my Jerusalem.” Amen.

Responding to God’s call to write for publication: Locate one or two local markets you can begin to submit your work to for publication.

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