I trusted Christ as my Savior when I was young. My parents told me I was three. This isn’t too surprising. I was growing up in the preacher’s house and my parents often explained the gospel to me. If I wasn’t hearing it at home. I heard it at church which was right downstairs from the apartment where we lived.
As I grew older, my parents explained more and more to me, making sure that I understood what I had done and what my future held. Dad would ask me questions about the Bible and then see if I could answer them. I always said he told us the answers to the questions before we had the opportunity to ask them.
When I was about 17 and consumed by grades, friends, and of course, boys. I remember thinking that no one could talk me out of my faith.
The other thing I remember is when I was 19 and counseling at Camp Awana as an intern for college. I had a group of middle school, inner-city kids who were full of questions. After lights were out, we would sit around on the cabin floor eating fruit cups with our fingers, flashlight beams bouncing off the wall and we would talk. The girls had a lot of questions. And I had no parents or college professors to help me – I was on my own. I grew a lot spiritually that summer.
So as I moved into adulthood, being a Christian all made sense to me … but why?
Yes, I knew that Christ died and rose again and I believed that. I knew my sins were forgiven and that I was going to heaven someday. But what difference did it make in the way I lived my everyday life?
- I have purpose in life.
For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. (Phiippians 1:21)
All we have to do is look at people’s goals: fame, wealth, entertainment and we know that a lot of people lack purpose. Or, we read suicide statistics and we know what so many of these people are wandering aimlessly looking for meaning. One survey I read said that the meaning of life is survival. That sounds rather fruitless. People have studied science, philosophy and a mixture of religions to discover something solid to rest upon.
As a believer, my purpose is in Christ. To honor Him and make Him known. The difference between this and wealth and fame is that my relationship with Christ lasts. Fame and wealth can disappear with the stock market or age or any number of things. My relationship and the purpose that goes with it is solid.
2. I have guidelines for living. I know what’s right or wrong. We live in a very confused world right now – I am writing this the day after the debates and I am hearing chaos on both sides. Kids are confused because their parents are confused.
But God’s Word is clear on what is right and wrong. The Lord lists those things that can get us into trouble: lying, gossip, sexual immorality etc. He also tells us what is right.
The thing is – He is our creator so who better to know how we should live?
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, (2 Timothy 3:16)
We don’t have to guess at standards and guidelines – they are all laid out for us.
3. Someone cares about me all the time. Having people care about you is a good feeling. Going through this cancer journey. I can’t tell you how comforting it is for people to call or send a note or just let you know they’re praying.
Care is a strong emotion. With Christ as our Savior, we have someone who cares ALL the time. We don’t ever have to guess whether or not He is there. We know He cares about every little detail of our lives.
Casting all your anxieties on him, because He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7)
4. I don’t have to worry about anything. God is in control.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. (Philippians 4:6)
This is similar to having someone care about you, but on the other hand it is different. Caring is a comforting feeling when you’re sad or despondent or when you’re just being you. Worry are all those little fears that bombard our lives. Yet, as a Christian, I can turn them all over to the Lord. In a world where everyone seems to be worrying about so many things – having someone do the worrying for us is beyond comprehension.
5. I can appreciate creation because I know the Creator personally.
So many beautiful aspects of God’s creation yet so many people say “it all just happened.”
Which is strange. I have a carved bird at my house. I would never, ever convince someone that the bird “just happened,” so why do they believe the real thing just happened.
Also, since I’ve been sick I’ve been watching a lot of nature shows. The moderator tells something fantastic about the animals and then calls it a miracle.
Animals and plants are miraculous. Space is miraculous. Did you ever think about the miraculousnss of creation and how we know the One who made everything? We know the Creator who created all things! How cool is that! How exciting is that? We have something to share with those around us.
6. I can reach out to others because I know the Lord.
Many people in our world are crazed and confused. Many come to us with their problems and we don’t always know how to help. But we do know the Lord Jesus Christ and we can take our friend’s problem to Him even though we don’t know the answer ourselves or even begin to know how to help them. We can let them know we care. We can pray for them. We can keep in touch with them. We an tell them we are taking it to the Lord.
Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another. God abides in us and His love is perfected in us (1 John 4:11-12)
7. We have eternal life.
Here’s something you might not have thought of before. If you are a Christian, you already have eternal life. Eternal life doesn’t start when Christ comes back or we die. We already have it.
Whoever believes in Him has eternal life (John 3:15)
If you haven’t trusted Christ as Savior, I invite you to do so. This isn’t a system of do’s and don’ts but a glorious relationship with our Heavenly Father.