The medieval anchorites secluded themselves in anchorholds, which were usually small cells built into the sides of churches. These anchorites would devote themselves to prayer, fasting and Bible study. Since they were freed from many of the distractions of the outside world, they had frequent opportunities to seek God. Many people would drop by the anchorholds, so they could discuss spiritual matters with the anchorites. The anchorites could offer a truth-centered opinion that gave their listeners a better understanding of the Holy Spirit’s movement in their lives.
Though times and culture have changed, modern day anchorites are beginning to rise up everywhere. They are making themselves comfortable in anchorholds all over the Internet. They write from their little “cells” and share what the Holy Spirit is teaching them. They frequently pull from the outside world in order to devote hours communing and writing with God each week. They seek God’s heart, movement and will and post all the revelations the Holy Spirit is giving them; so others can find encouragement, strength and understanding.
The neo-anchorites are called “Christian Bloggers,” and I would like to applaud them today.
I know you spend hours each week seeking God and many more hours writing.
I know that God has sifted your life, making more room for Him.
I know you selflessly write each post without concern of money or recognition.
I know God has humbled you, so you can rely whole-heartily on Him.
I know at times you question your sacrifice.
I know how just one inspired reader fills you with joy.
I know the pressure of an un-written revelation, waiting to be shared.
I know that your efforts are many times trivialized.
I know you have given up much of your personal time to blog.
But I want to encourage that everything birthed out of the Spirit has eternal ramifications. You might not get a degree, a paycheck or a contract; but God is bringing people to your doorstep, and they are finding nourishment from your words. Blogging can be a humbling, lonely ministry; but God is using your free-will offerings to establish His glory and further His kingdom. You are reaching people for Christ in a new frontier, and you will light a path in the darkness.