Some people ask me… ‘Why? Why are you a “Christian?” Isn’t it weird to believe in something that you don’t know exists? It’s so not cool!’
You know what… I’ve thought and asked those questions to myself so many times. Why should I believe in someone I can not see? Who is this God?
Life can be hard, and you know what… Some people say and think its easier being a Christian. Well, to put it bluntly, its not any easier. You still have to deal with all that life throws at you. Upsets, failures, broken relationships, depression, anxiety, redundancies, arguments… the list goes on.
And then in the moments you question God… ‘Where are you in this, God?’ Then the people around you ask you the same question. ‘Why do you believe in God? He’s not here to help you now!?’
And you know what – at times it feels like that. At times you feel at your lowest and at your darkest moments in life. But I have learnt one thing through many times of hitting the low points in my life, and that’s that I’m not alone. Even when I feel I am.
You see, we’re all seeking something in our lives. We all feel that emptiness right? That longing feeling for something, but at the moment we cant quite put our finger to it.
Sometimes we fill it with romance, sex, alchol, drugs, food, music and sometimes we feel happy… but only for a small moment. And then,
The emptiness and longing return.
And for me, I can occasionally feel this longing, and I know the only person who can fill that is Jesus. Cheesy right? How can that work? We cant even see him. Well you know what, we don’t have to.
I was brought up in a Christian family and so you can say I’ve been brought up and taught to love Jesus. But you know what, I had a choice. It was never forced upon me, but more an internal challenge on my heart and soul. And over time I knew I couldn’t do life without Jesus.
Who knows where I’d be?
I’ve seen and experienced too many things to not believe in Jesus. I’ve had words spoken over my life such as a job, which happened and was one of the best things that I’ve got to do. I’ve had so many prayers answered it’s unbelievable. I’ve seen people healed. Such as a leg that couldn’t be walked on, completely healed.
I’ve sat on a bus, held a Bible and felt God prompt me to give it to someone. After fighting with God and feeling extremely embarrassed I go up to this slightly drunk lady on the bus and give it to her. She turns around and says she’s a Christian. I insist that she should take the Bible as God told me to give it to her. She then bursts into tears and crys out thanking God.
I don’t know what was going on in her life. But clearly God was at work there.
Another thing is, when I’m out and about on walks, I look out across the hills, and see the trees, animals, birds, plants, sky, clouds. How could that be an accident? How could we be an accident? You have a phone right? And you know that that wasn’t just made by an accident, it had a creator. Your table and chairs, again wasn’t an accident, but has a creator.
So how can the world, with all its creatures, diverse nature and atmosphere be an accident?
And look at us, the detail into us being able to breathe, eat, sleep, move talk, think. Someone had to have made us! And that had to be God.
I could waffle on so much about so many things that point to God. There’s so much!
So lets go back to that question… ‘Why? Why are you a “Christian?”
Well, I am, because I know Jesus died for me. Jesus came down to earth and died on the cross to pay the price for all the things we do wrong. Someone had to. We should have, but Jesus took it upon himself so we didn’t have to. He did it because He cares. He loves us.
And because of that, my life is changed. I don’t have to live in darkness. I don’t have to live in fear that I’m a failure. Because Jesus died for me so I can be made new and have eternal life.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not die but have eternal life.” John 3:16
So… the question is, do you want to be set free from that empty longing feeling?
If so, all you have to do is ask Him.