What does the Christian religion bring to your mind? Christianity often invokes images of pious people looking down their noses at the shortcomings of others. Just as dangerously, particularly in many developing countries, Christianity is seen as a Western religion that brings material prosperity.
But beyond these misguided popular views of Christianity is Jesus.
Many acknowledge that Jesus was a prophet and a good man. But did you know Jesus claimed to be God? See some things Jesus said about Himself:
- “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6
- “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” John 8:12
- “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” Matthew 28:18
As our pastor, Dr. Robert Jeffress, has pointed out you have to reconcile your view of Jesus with who He claimed to be. He can’t just be a good man, because He claimed to be God. He was either a liar, or He was delusional, or as He claimed, He is God.
Would you pray and ask God to reveal to you if what Jesus said about Himself is true?
You don’t have to be a perfect pious person to ask Jesus to save you. And you don’t have to have your life together or be successful to come to Jesus. The truth is “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). The person in the church pew who prays five times a day, reads the Bible, and has the appearance of righteousness needs Jesus just as much as a murderer.
The saving grace of Jesus Christ doesn’t depend on you or your works, it depends on Him. Jesus Himself is sufficient. Accepting Jesus is acknowledging you are not worthy or sufficient on your own and never can be, but Jesus is worthy.
Many see Christianity as life insurance to go to heaven when we die. But following Jesus is not merely a “grin and bear it” stop gap required for heaven, but an opportunity for a full and rich life now. Jesus promised us that:
Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or farms, for My sake and for the gospel’s sake, but that he will receive a hundred times as much now in the present age, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and farms, along with persecutions; and in the age to come, eternal life.”
There is a promise for here and now in the present age! Rejoice! That doesn’t mean our lives are free from problems (remember Christian faith doesn’t bring material prosperity), but that when we cling to the truth of who Jesus is we can endure and have peace in the midst of struggles, because Jesus has overcome (John 16:33).
The hope of God is Jesus. I pray that you consider putting your trust in Him and committing your life to Him.
About the Writer:
Caroline Moore is a wife and mom who loves Jesus. She also has a career in commercial real estate investing. God has given her a heart for encouraging other women. She and her husband, Eric, are the directors of the Fellowship Class, a young married Sunday School class, at First Baptist Dallas.