Dear Power Writer,
The primary goal of story is to entertain. That may surprise you because many Christian writers make the mistake of thinking that the primary purpose of story is to teach (or preach! :). On the contrary! No one likes to be “preached at”. But everyone likes to be entertained.
When you write your story, focus on the entertainment factor above all. If your story has a message – which it surely will have – that message will grow out of the story in an organic way. You do not need to make your message explicit. If it’s there, the reader will get it on her own. If it is there, your story will be transformational.