It’s been a couple of weeks since the last “Why are you a Christian?” post, but I promise it hasn’t gone away. Still plenty more, and today I have a contribution from a friend called Cheryl. Cheryl is part of our church, and is also a member of the small group that Mel and I are part of. (Regular readers of this blog will know I love my small group!)
This is Cheryl’s answer to my question, “Why are you a Christian?”
I am a Christian because Jesus is for real and not just a fantasy or pretend friend.
I am a Christian because I believe Jesus is the way to truth and life and complete fulfilment will only be found in Jesus. I enjoy looking at the evidence for why I believe what I believe since I grew up in a Christian family and it was just accepted as truth. I found such overwhelming evidence for it and it underpinned my day to day faith. So I am a Christian simply because I believe Christianity is true.
Jesus became my focus and my firm foundation in all the ups and downs of life. I know that Jesus is with me, supporting me, strengthening me and guiding me. He gives me hope that despite the struggles I have faced that there is a future and he will make a way and always wants the best for me. I have seen so many answers to prayers and not purely co-incidences that I know Jesus is for real and not just a fantasy or pretend friend.
I love God and his love has captured my heart. “We love Him because He first loved us” (I John 4:19).
Now, my Creator’s smile is my motivation. The Lord’s approval is my measure of success.
He died for me, that is the greatest gift anyone could do for me and I owe him everything, my life. Philippians 3 from the Message says:
Yes, all the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life. Compared to the high privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as my Master, first hand, everything I once thought I had going for me is insignificant – dog dung. I’ve dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ and be embraced by him. I didn’t want some petty, inferior brand of righteousness that comes from keeping a list of rules when I could get the robust kind that comes from trusting Christ – God’s righteousness.
Thanks for your answer Cheryl! If you have any questions or comments for Cheryl, drop them below. If you want to see others in the series, the full list is here. I’ve had lots of positive feedback about this project, and you can expect plenty more!