Seriously. He did. He died for you.
When you think about the words of John 3:16 it’s pretty mind-blowing: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
What other faith in the world believes that it’s not all about what you can do for a god, the world, yourself, but what God did for you? That’s huge, isn’t it?
And all you have to do is believe.
You don’t have to give up your hobbies and live in a monastery. (Well, not unless you really want to, I guess.) You don’t have to stop having fun. You don’t have to wear special clothes. You don’t have to give up drinking beer. You don’t even have to hang out with those folks who protest at funerals or the ones who follow Warren Jeffs. (On both accounts, I’d recommend against hanging out with those groups, anyway.)
Just believe. That’s it. Not a big deal as far as what’s required of you and yet a huge deal as far as what you’ve been given.
The thing about being a Christ-follower is that you come as you are. Even better, none of us are perfect (not even remotely) and that’s OK. We’re not going to be. Believing doesn’t make you perfect by a long shot. You just know you can admit it and you know you’re loved in spite of it.
Being a Christ-follower is a place of hope. The scary questions of the world are answered: What am I here for? – Where do I go when I die? – Why do bad things happen? There is hope for our futures. Hope in these times of unrest. Hope that we don’t have to have everything figured out. Hope for the life after this one.
What I especially enjoy (despite the poor ambassadors for Jesus who seem to speak the loudest these days) is that following Christ is also an intellectual pursuit. The Bible is an incredible book for study and in order to follow Christ’s example (not the man-interpreted version), it requires some real brain power and discernment.
You have to get into the meat of Christ’s teachings and the collective message of the Bible in order to understand the big picture: Jesus died for you and He wants you to follow His example. Not the white noise and mumbo-jumbo that everyone wants to distract you with… maybe how you’ve wanted to distract yourself. The legalistic issues like what length of skirt to wear or whether or not to drink alcohol. Those aren’t things that Jesus explicitly said. He preached about more important things like loving everyone (even when they aren’t so lovely), speaking up for those who cannot speak for themselves, and serving others.
Not a bad deal, huh?
Why don’t you give it some thought today?