“I didn’t go to religion to make me happy. I always knew a bottle of Port would do that. If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity.” – C.S. Lewis
- What does it mean to be in Christ?
- What is the Christian life supposed to be like?
- How can we recognize the voice of God?
- What is Christian discipleship?
- How can I know when God is telling me to do something?
- How can I overcome sin in my Christian life?
- What is true worship? How can I worship the Lord in spirit and truth (John 4:23-24)?
- How can believers be in the world, but not of the world?
- What is spiritual growth?
- Why does God allow us to go through trials and tribulations?
- How are we to submit to God?
- How do I get a passion for Jesus and keep that passion burning?
- How can I experience joy in my Christian life?
I believe C.S Lewis is exactly right. If you want to be comfortable, then Christianity may not be your thing. Once you have asked all your questions, weighed all the evidence, and tested all the arguments, and accepted Jesus as your personal savior, you have embarked on a journey of living as a child of God. This will involve a growing in maturity, sometimes slowly, as we grow in our love, knowledge and service of God. Having said this, there is also the reality of living in our broken world, with the bombardments of that world coming at us from every angle. We will have additional questions. Nearly everyone does–believers and unbelievers alike. Have you ever wished for a concise, understandable response that will satisfy both the mind and the heart?
It is amazing how many times people ask questions that they think no one else has asked and certainly no one has ever answered. During the month of July we will look at some of the questions you have based on a survey we did. The series, You Asked For It, started this week with the question – “how can I know God’s will for my life?” I will address the question of knowing God’s will over the next few days, but in this devotional I want to give you my thoughts on some very basic questions.
First, why am I a Christian? Ultimately, because Jesus Christ showed and persuaded me that what He did on the cross perfectly met my need before God as a sinner. Jesus showed me that His resurrection from the dead meant that he could supply me with all the power I’d need to be his follower. And that means through thick and thin, through the trials and joys of this life. Jesus showed me that I could trust his promise that, in spite of all that’s wrong in my heart and life, He would keep loving and forgiving me and bring me safely through this life.
Second, why am I still a Christian? As you heard me say many times, a life with Jesus is so much better than a life without Him. He helped me to grow. I’m not what I ought to be – but I know that I’m not what I was. I know that there’s nobody else like Jesus. Why would I not want to be a Christian? Where else would I go, either now for a relationship with the living God, or in eternity?
We are continually faced with questions that challenge our belief systems. This isn’t a bad thing, and much of Jesus’s ministry revolved around asking questions. In the end, thoughtfully examining our faith promotes a spirituality that is healthy, honest, genuine, and mature.
- Do you have questions? Where do you go for the answers? Did you get your questions answered?
- How would you answer the question, “why am I a Christian?”
- How would you answer the question “why am I still a Christian?”