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Why Content Creators Give Back (A Christian Perspective)

By Benjamin H. Liles

          Encouragement. It goes a long way for those with weary souls. Then again, Jesus also said, "Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy" (Matthew 5:7, New King James). Why do a number of us do that? What moves us to do the things God calls us to do even when things are hard for us to do? First off, because it's a command Jesus gave; secondly, love is what fulfills the letter of the law (see Romans 13:10). The biggest reason a sincere follower of Christ, the actual Christian does what he does is because of Christ within Him. Here's another verse I love as well: "Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said: ’Streams of living water will flow from within him’" (John 7:38, Berean Study).

          What does this also have to do with content creation, then? For me, it's not simply a psssing on of knowledge or what I've learned in my walk with Christ over the past years of my life. I find it's a way to give back as others have given to me. Have you ever met someone who says to you, "I'll help you out, but you have to pay it forward?" Kindness breeds kindness just as much as anger breeds anger, but that's a different topic altogether.

          More specifically, I started this website a few years back not only to give the kind of wisdom Christ had in sharing with others so that they would be on the same footing as Him. It's to show that, truthfully, we're all made in the image of God, whether we choose to believe it or not. We are created to have fellowship with one another, to share ideas, to build communities, to share our lives, pains, burdens, etc. with one another to fit together as a society. So, why did I title this article "Why Content Creators Give Back?"

         Much of it has to do with what those who love and enjoy what they do to impart their knowledge so that there's a better informed public. I realize I'm not the most widely known, or even always have the time and space to do what I want to do on a daily scale. Yet, I do what I can, when I can, because as I already said, God's shown me the grace and kindness needed to live a full life. At the same timeimprinted by the hand of God, I give as much back as possible because the kindness others have given me as well. Considering we're all imprinted by the hand of God; as a prophet rightly declared of the Father, "I chose you before I formed you in the womb; I set you apart before you were born. I appointed you a prophet to the nations" (Jeremiah 1:5, even though God said it to Jeremiah).

          We're all born to have a specific function to others in this life God gave to us. We can either choose to love one another, to encourage, to show what proper worship and praise is to the One who called and made us. We also have access to Him through the shed blood of Christ who gave His life so that we have access to the Father on high. Are we sinful? Yes. At the same time, however, we're told, "But if we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous, forgiving us our sins and cleansing us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9). I create the content I do to show Him how thankful and grateful I am for His saving grace. I didn't earn it; He gave it to extend His hand of mercy, His loving kindness. Therefore, I do the same to show Him He matters to me.

          Granted, this article isn't as long as the others I've written in the past. But I'm writing this to show why the majority of God-honoring Christ-followers do what we do. We honestly love the Lord who died on Calvary's cross. He saw no one else who could handle God's wrath on sin, so He chose the nails that pierced His skin in order that we may obtain life. He took God's wrath so that we may have only one Priest. We have one in the person of Jesus. He died in our place so that we may have His righteousness, not that we worked for or earned it, but so that the Father can welcome us and accept us as His children. I write and have prayed over this before sharing with all of you. In the name of Jesus I pray, Amen.

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