By Kathy Widenhouse, award-winning nonprofit content writer, website publisher, and author of 9 books.
An online devotional for writers
Be one who correctly explains the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15, NLT)
Your freelance client relies on you to speak in his true voice.
Mark the Evangelist is a good example. He recorded the Apostle Peter’s teachings in the book we know today as the Gospel of Mark.
Scripture tells us that the two men knew each other as members of the early church in Jerusalem. By the time Peter ministered in Rome, Mark had become like a son to him (1 Peter 5:13), working alongside Peter during the rise of Nero and the persecution of Christians.
It was a tough time for Christ-followers. Nero fed believers to wild animals … crucified them … used Christians as human torches. Nasty business.
Meanwhile, Peter kept teaching them. Yet Christ-followers knew Peter wouldn’t be around forever, so they asked Mark to write down a record of Peter’s lessons about Jesus.
He did. Mark’s account was the earliest of the four gospels, believed to have been recorded in the late 50s or early 60s.
His gospel is known for its accuracy. “Mark became Peter’s interpreter,” wrote first century Greek bishop Papias (ca. 60-163 AD), “And wrote accurately all that he remembered.”
Yet even though his book chronicles of Jesus’ life, ministry, death, and resurrection, Mark isn’t mentioned as an eyewitness in any of the Gospel accounts.
In other words, Peter was his client. And Mark was faithful to record his freelance client’s story with accuracy – and in his client’s voice. His book has sustained millions throughout the millennia.
Accuracy: isn’t that what you’d like to be known for?
Be true to your freelance client’s voice.
Thank you for Mark’s faithfulness and for his accurate account of Jesus’s life. I want to be reliable a reliable writer. Let me listen to my freelance client and his story, being true to his voice as I write.
In Jesus’s name, Amen.
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