How many of you wish that something in your life were different? “If only “this” or “that” were different, then I would be happy”…. Happy…. What in the world made any of us think that we were put on this earth to be happy?
How many of us live our lives though, in the pursuit of this “happy” that- let’s be honest, is usually short lived? If we all could just understand who we are; what it means to be “made in the image of God,” and the purposes for which He created us, then how would our lives be changed? I believe this is why so many of us are miserable. Very few of us understand who we really are in the eyes of God. And when I say God, how do I spell this? J-E-S-U-S.
Does Jesus Equal Happy?
Did Jesus proclaim to the people that “truth is relative, and if it feels right than please by all means, pursue it?
Jesus is the One Way
No one comes to the Father except through me” John 14:6 (NIV). He did not say, “I am one of many ways,” or “I am one of many truths,” or, “I am one choice among many for the life giving salvation that the world needs.” No, He was perfectly clear on this issue. There is only one way to the Father, and what is that way? THROUGH HIM. How do you spell him? J-E-S-U-S. He did not lay down His life that day so that we could say with our mouths that we know Him or love Him, and then turn around and teach worldly “truths” in His name that are contrary to what He said. Jesus was NOT politically correct. He called it like it was. He came to convict the world. He is NOT “the great enabler.” Is this a popular belief these days? Absolutely not. That doesn’t change the truth though.
So many people don’t believe in truth anymore. They believe that truth to one person can be true for them, while another truth for another person can be true for them as well…basically, the only thing that cannot be absolutely true, is TRUTH! But, is that not an absolute statement?? So it can’t be true, right?
So many people have this image today of Christians as judgmental and close-minded, but the irony here is that our culture is quickly closing their minds against us in the name of open-mindedness. Christianity is not about judgment. It is about forgiveness….love….grace…..but in order to be forgiven, you have to know that you have wronged God or that you even need to be forgiven for that matter.
I am a Good Person
People will say things like, “If I am a good person, than when I die I will go to heaven.” What does a good person look like to a perfect God? It’s like one man who is 8 ft. tall saying to another who is 6 ft. tall, “I am closer to touching the moon than you are!” There is no such thing as a good person. We are all in the same boat here. Fortunately for us, God does not play favorites with His children. The only thing that He requires of us is that we call Him our Father. I’d say that is a pretty reasonable request for a God that left His throne in His perfect Kingdom to come live a life marked by unacceptance, mockery, betrayal, abuse, and an excruciatingly painful death.
He came for YOU
It’s not your responsibility to “be converted” and then try to be perfect!
Religion vs. Relationship
Christianity is not a religion. It is a relationship with Jesus Christ. There are no rigid rules and regulations that you have to follow. You don’t sign a contract stating that you will hate gays and only vote Republican for the rest of your life. LOL. It begins with OPENING YOUR MIND to the possibility that out of all of the available religions and philosophies surrounding you, WHAT IF those crazy Christians are right? What if we are? What then? Could you not just consider it for a second? Or MAYBE, you have been for a long time and you just don’t know what to do about it. With a repentant heart…. tell Him that you believe Him…that you know that you are a sinner in need of His salvation…that you want to know Him…and then ask Him to come into your heart….or something along those lines that is personal between the two of you. That’s it. HE DOES THE REST.
I Have the Cure!
Some of you are in front of me on a daily basis…and you are hurting…and I have the cure.