Many people have asked me why I’m a Christian and it’s a very interesting question to ask. When someone gives their lives to Jesus, something amazing happens; He comes into our hearts and makes Himself at home. He begins to change things in us so that we can become exactly who we were made to be.
Jesus has had a radical impact on my life and brought about incredible change in the way I think, live, and act. He has had an impact on me that has changed me forever. So I’ve compiled a list of four reasons why I am a follower of Jesus.
Before I knew Christ, I was terrified of death. The thought of an endless black hole scared me immensely. Now that I am a Jesus follower, I have found complete security in Jesus’ love. I know that when I die, I’m going to spend eternity with my Savior. I am able to spend eternity in the presence of God, the place where even angels fear to tread, because Jesus’ blood has covered all of my wrongdoing. Now, when God looks at me, He sees Jesus - the only man to be perfectly righteous and without sin. Not only that, but also this eternity is going to be incredible.
The earth is going to be restored and made new; I am going to have a new, resurrected body and I am going to spend the rest of my days with the God who saved my soul. If you’re not a Jesus follower, all of this may sound a little crazy to you. But because of what Jesus has done in my life here on earth, showing me glimpses of what is to come, I have found security in His promises. This hope is not just wishful thinking; it is a sure, steadfast hope that God will carry out His promises - and He will. No matter what comes my way, I always have a higher hope, a hope that never changes. I have found security in the promise that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39 ESV)
The love of Jesus is like no other. I know that I will never be able to find a love on earth that even comes close to the love that Jesus has for me. It surpasses all understanding; it blows my mind. As mentioned above, there is nothing that can separate me from His love. He rejoices over me, He dances around me, He sings over me with joy - not because of anything I do, but because of who He is. Jesus doesn’t love us because we’re lovable; He loves us because He is love.
Earthly love is often based on how likable someone is, or what we can get in return after loving someone. Jesus doesn’t work like that. He doesn’t love us because we are good, and He doesn’t love us in order to get something from us. No matter what I do or don’t do, what mistakes I make or what achievements I gain, Jesus loves me the same, now and forever. There was nothing that I could do to earn His love, which means that there is nothing I can do, that will take His love away. This changes everything.
In Jesus, I have found the meaning of life: to love God, and to love others. I know that I was created for love. I was created for God to shower His love over me for the rest of my days. And I was created to love others too, as an outflow of His love. Life with Jesus is better than anything this world has to offer. I have tried to fill the void within by pursuing other paths, and nothing comes close to the joy, peace, and satisfaction that Jesus has to offer. All this world has to offer is temporary, but Jesus is forever. Jesus explained this Himself:
“I’ll be explicit, then. I am the Gate for the sheep. All those others are up to no good—sheep stealers, every one of them. But the sheep didn’t listen to them. I am the Gate. Anyone who goes through me will be cared for—will freely go in and out, and find pasture. A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.” (John 10:7-10 MSG)
Do you see? This world is temporary, it will come to end, and its intentions are never pure, always bringing death. But Jesus’ love is the complete opposite. It is eternal, it will never come to an end, and He wants to give us life (and life abundantly).
Heaven Touching Earth
The God who brought life into existence, the God who made the Universe, the God who is behind the power of the thunderstorm, the roar of the lion, the almighty crash of the waves - He is now living inside of me. When I asked Jesus into my life, He took up residence in my heart. His Spirit is always with me, and never leaves my side. I am becoming the woman of God who I was made to be. And because Jesus’ power is living within, I am able to pray in His name and see the miraculous happen. John 14:12-14 in The Message translation says:
‘“(Jesus said) Believe me: I am in my Father and my Father is in me. If you can’t believe that, believe what you see—these works. The person who trusts me will not only do what I’m doing but even greater things, because I, on my way to the Father, am giving you the same work to do that I’ve been doing. You can count on it. From now on, whatever you request along the lines of who I am and what I am doing, I’ll do it. That’s how the Father will be seen for who he is in the Son. I mean it. Whatever you request in this way, I’ll do.”’
Do we understand how incredible this is? Jesus is saying that when we ask for things in His name that are in accordance with His will (i.e. asking for things that He wants to give us, such as healing, love, peace, joy, provision etc.), He will give us those things. We, as Jesus followers, are His vessels. In the words of Jefferson Bethke (from his book, ‘It’s Not What You Think’), “God is putting His world back together, and to do that He’s using the very people who broke it.” We are now a part of God’s incredible plan to bring Heaven down to earth - today.
‘Once Jesus is the focal point - once He is the culmination of life and the pinnacle of our existence - everything else makes sense. Life becomes simple again. Priorities fall into place, and peace, joy, and rest return.’
(Judah Smith, ‘Jesus Is For You’)
Alice is 18 and from England. She gave her life to Jesus about 5 years ago, and was baptized in July 2015. She feels that she is called to creative evangelism after receiving many prophecies from various people. She's a keen musician, photographer, writer, and speaker, and she hopes to involve all of these passions when sharing the love of Jesus to the world. She looks forward to moving to a city to attend university, engrossing herself in youth culture and wider communities.