Flourish & Publish His Works!
By Jodi Kozan
“Then the Lord said to me, “Write my answer plainly on tablets, so that a runner can carry the correct message to others.” Habakkuk 2:2, NLV
My pastor said to me years ago: ‘Jodi, you can potentially reach more people with the written word than with the spoken word at all the conferences, seminars or retreats put together.’ At first I didn’t believe him, as I much preferred to meet people face to face! Then I stood corrected by the Holy Spirit. I’ve seen the impact first and foremost of the holy written Word of God that transcends any human attempts at writing in our day. At the same time, we carry with us present day realities in Jesus that hold a story that needs to be told. My story, your story. We are living, breathing testimonies of the reality of the risen Lord Jesus right here, right now. God has placed you in your city, province, nation, for such a time as this.
Restoration begins in the heart, extends to the family which seeks to engage the world!
I started sharing my faith in 1996, and still seek to do so at any given moment. My life is an open book and I have come to realize that my entire life—your life— is written by God and He uses all things together for good—the good, the bad and the ugly!WJOF began in 1999 because of another personal encounter with God, and by sharing that with others to step out in faith together in unity, a ministry was birthed. Our journey to publish His works is a group effort, we are family and we are called to share God’s story through our stories! Be it the spoken word, the written word or our actions, our restoration journey requires action for the sake of others. It beckons us to respond to the call and declare flourishing life-giving truths so others may experience transformation as a result of your testimony, your witness, your obedience. The question is, are we willing to share and declare?
“Sing to the Lord; praise his name. Each day proclaim the good news that he saves. Publish his glorious deeds among the nations. Tell everyone about the amazing things he does.” Psalms 96:2-3, NLT
We may not be called to be world-renowned authors, but we are all called to “publish His works”. What would our world look like if all Christians documented their personal tesimonies to share with others, which continued to make an impact after we passed from this life to the next? Sadly, many bow down to fear or apathy, not realizing the importance of their personal testimony. How many believers live their lives with the proverbial tape over their mouths or hands preventing them from sharing the good news in this politically correct culture? Sadly, the majority; this epidemic must stop! WJOF is emphatic about the testimony of Jesus in the life of a believer to be released so we can be that effervescent light in an increasingly dark world, shining for all to see:
“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colours in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand – shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16, The Message
This is your mission: revealing the truth about Jesus through personal experience. Your story is not about you, but about Jesus and what He has done. We believe your story has the opportunity to give hope and restoration to somebody else! If you know Jesus, you have a faith story to tell!
“We cannot stop speaking about what we’ve seen and heard.” Acts 4:20
Ways to engage to Publish His works:
- Write out your faith journey as a memoir to share with family and loved ones.
- Write a 700 word faith story and share with WJOF!
- Start a weekly blog and share about your faith in Christ in your everyday life
- Write to your sponsored child and share about your personal relationship with Jesus.
- Enter our Publishing Contest as it supports one of our restoration principles.
- And more creative ideas! We’d love to hear from you!
About this Contributor:
Jodi Kozan is the founder of a non-profit, non-denominational ministry, Women’s Journey of Faith. She and her team of women have brought the vision, “Gathering, Nurturing, Discovering, Sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ”, to thousands of women of all ages and walks of life since the fall of 2000. Jodi is a regular columnist in her “Journey of Faith” writings in a local paper. She hopes to expand her writing this year to reach out to others through online connections and finally sit down to write that book that is burning within!
You can connect with Jodi and the ministry of Women’s Journey of Faith online at www.wjof.com