Just asking this question is the first step to the most important change in your life.
Usually when the question of becoming a Christian occurs, it is because we have things happening in our life that are becoming over whelming to us. We have realized that we just can’t change things ourselves.
In the book, Get it Together by Dennis P. Delisle he says “many of life’s problems come from a warped view of God. Let’s say you believe He is out to judge you or take from you rather than add to your life. If this is your view, then you will live in constant fear that He will do exactly that. You have acknowledged that God does exist. You will always be trying to keep God off your back rather than asking Him to help and lead you to a new life.”
I think Mr. Delisle has hit the nail on the head. Most of us spend a great deal of time running from God. We justify it with excuses, like: ‘if God were a loving God why is there so much suffering in the world.’ ‘I got sick once and the doctor made me well, not God.’ ‘If God loved me why did he let my Dad die?’ These are walls we put up to justify in our minds that we don’t need God.
God really does love us! He tells us repeatedly throughout the Bible.
I think one of my favorite places in the Bible where God reminds us of his love is;
John 3:16, 17
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and
only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish
but have eternal life. For God did not send his son into
the world to condemn the world, but to save the world
Ask your selves, is there anyone else who would die for me? Anyone else who has known the pains of life and the darkness of death and could over come it? Jesus is the only one to defeat death.
Matthew 9: 18-25 is one example of Jesus ability to over come death. In Verse 24, Jesus having compassion for a father who’s daughter had died, sends the crowd of mourners away and took her hand and raised the girl back out of death, then returns her to the arms of her parents.
Jesus was showing us that he could over come the grips of death.
In Luke 7: 11-16 at a town called Nain, Jesus raised form the dead the only son of a widow. This man was being carried to the burial sight when Jesus raised him. It is possible he had been dead at least a day.
The book of John 11:38-45 Tells us that Lazarus; a friend of Jesus became ill and died. When Jesus reached the place where he lived Lazarus had already been buried and and the Bible say that he had been there four days. Jesus called Lazarus out and he was alive once more.
Each time the person had been dead longer and still Jesus could over come death.
I have been told these are only stories in a book. They are more than that; they were eyewitness accounts by three different men. Jesus tells us that even witnessing such miracles the people of that time still chose not to believe. Read Luke 16: 19-31.
If the same miracles were done today would we be any different than the people of that time were? I don’t think so, because when people are healed today, many times after the doctors have given up, God is still not always given the credit due him.
Romans 5:6-11 NIV.
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless,
Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for
a righteous man, through for a good man someone might
possible dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for
us in this: While we were still sinner, Christ died for us.
Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much
more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For
if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him
through the death of his Son, how much more, having been
reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is
this so, but we also rejoice in God through whom we have
now received reconciliation.
Often when I hear the testimonies of people who have found and accepted Christ they were weak and God lifted them back up and gave them the strength to keep living.
Romans 6:10-11 NIV.
The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he
lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves
dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
Christianity is not you living for God, although it may seem that way, it is God living in you. Anyone can do Christian like things in their lifetime, but with out Christ in your life you still won’t get to heaven.
John 1: 12 NIV.
Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his
name, he gave the right to become children of God.
This verse in John is one of the most wonderful verses, because it re-affirms to me that because I believed in all the things Jesus has done and that he was raised form the dead, I am one of his children. I belong to God!
Psalm 139: 13-16; tell us he knew what we are and what we can become if we chose to.
The second greatest gift is our freedom to choose. We are God’s children and being called Christian is an honor for me. If others refer me to as being a Christian, without my telling them that I am a Christian, then I am doing what God wants me to do.
Love is a big part of being a Christian. Our Attitudes towards others reflect our love of Jesus. Jesus taught us the two remaining laws in Matthew 22:34-40. He tells us to love God first and then love your neighbor as yourself. When you have been able to do this continually, our love of God shows forth.
John 13: 34, 35
Love one another, and by this men will know you are my disciple.
That verse tells us, there are always others watching us, but if we follow Jesus and his ways our actions alone will show that we belong to God.
So you say, “This is all well and fine, but I’m a decent person and I live a good life and I think I can handle my life just fine with out God!”
Most of us have felt this way. This line of thought isn’t anything new. God lets us make that choice. There are times when we as parents have had to let our children make choices. We do however try to let them know their choice might have bad results. To do this we tell them what might happen to them. We do this not because we want to be able to say, “I told you so,” but because we love them. God loves us and warns us that there are consequences for not loving him. Like a good father he teaches us through the examples he left us in the Bible, the good things that can happen, as well as the bad.
1 John 2: 15-17 NIV.
Do not love the world or anything in the world.
If anyone loves the world, the love of the father is
not in him. For everything in the world- the cravings
of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of
what he has and does- comes not from the Father but
from the world. The world and its desires pass away,
but the man who does the will of God lives forever.
Remember that when we were born we only had the skin on our bodies and when we pass form this life all the things of this world stays in this world.
Galatians 6:7-10 NIV
Do not be deceived; God can not be mocked.
A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to
please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap
destruction; the one who sows to please the spirit,
from the spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become
weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will
reap a harvest if we do not give up. There fore, as
we have opportunity, let us do good to all people,
especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
We may not always get the kind of response we expect when we help others, but we should help others with out desiring gratitude. The real thanks are to come later. God knows what we have done for him! If we seek only possessions we can hold on to while we live we will lose our life in heaven. It can’t get any clearer.
1 Timothy 6: 6, 7 NIV
But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we
brought nothing into the world, and we can take
nothing out of it.
1 Timothy 6 is full of God warnings about seeking the riches of an earthly life and the consequences.
In 2 Peter 2, we are warned about false teaching or following beliefs because they are easier.
In 2 Peter 2:4, we are told that God wouldn’t spare angels who sin, why do we think we are better than angels?
God doesn’t like sin and He makes no exceptions. Those who chose to follow their own paths will find they have lost their eternal life.
In the midst of all the warnings and promises of demise, God still gives us hope and promises of rewards for following him.
Titus 3:4-7 NIV
But when the kindness and love of God our
Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of
righteous things we had done, but because of
his mercy. He saved us through the washing
of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom
he poured out on us generously through Jesus
Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified
by his grace, we might become heirs having the
hope of eternal life.
Isn’t that verse Great? By believing in Jesus we become heirs with him and will have eternal life in heaven.
Jesus is the only person to have truly come form heaven with all the glorious memories of how it was to be there. And he tried to share with us about our new home in heaven.
John 14:2,3 NIV
In my Fathers house are many rooms; if it were not
so I would have told you. I am going there to prepare
a place for you. I will come back and take you with
me that you also may be where I am.
I like this verse because it not only gives us a glimpse of heaven but also is showing us that Jesus wants us to be there with him and if we believe in him he will come back and get us.
In verse 4 of John 14, Jesus makes the statement that, ”you know the way to the place where I am going!”
In case you have forgotten your way it is clearly given in John 14; 6
John 14:6 NIV
“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one
comes to the Father except through me.”
God gave us one last warning. He told us not to take to long in deciding weather we are going to follow Jesus.
2 Peter 3: 8-16 NIV
But do not forget this one thing, dear friends; with
the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a
thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow
in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness.
He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish,
but everyone to come to repentance. But the day of
the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will
disappear with a roar. The elements will be destroyed
by fire and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.
Earth will be no more and the followers of Jesus will be with him in heaven and be as the angels. What a wonderful day that will be! I hope to meet you there, but the choice is still yours. Will you be there?