I subscribe to or follow a host of different Christian Apologetic websites or Twitter accounts and to be sure, they provide an excellent means whereby I can learn and strengthen my faith and I am grateful for them. One can always gain insight by learning from others who are walking the same path that I am.
And I know that there are all kinds of arguments that one can utilize to persuade someone with reasoning why God exists, why Christianity is different from all other religions, how new discoveries in Science clearly show that all that we see cannot possibly have been created out of nothing or that sheer chance cannot possibly be responsible for all the order and complexity that we are now seeing within all of God’s creation, and the list goes on and on. There is an abundance of logical, rational reasons why the testimony of God’s creation and the Gospel of Jesus Christ is persuasive if one is only willing to look.
But for me, personally, it was more than facts or persuasive reasoning. It was the promise and possibility of coming to know and experience a honest and real relationship with God and His Son Jesus Christ. It was that one on one experience with Jesus that sold me, it’s what grabbed my heart, it’s what compelled me to come closer to Him, to hear what He actually said, to open my mind and heart to His reasoning and to seek His will in my life.
It’s extremely difficult to articulate the worth or value of that relationship to someone else that has never experienced it. It’s hard to convey how God’s love and redemption is literally there for the taking, if one is willing to look and to ask. It’s almost impossible to explain with words what takes place within your spirit and mind and how you become literally changed. That possibility becomes a reality, that promise becomes a personal experience and God’s love becomes a stream of living water within that feeds and sustains me, in spite of my failings, in spite of my lack of complete understanding, in spite of my developing faith.
I know that there are some who advocate that feelings and experience are not to be the primary reasons for our faith but that our faith should be based on trusting on what God has said and what God has done for us through His Son Jesus Christ, and I agree with that. But I can’t help but feel that the love that is experienced through coming to know God is the primary factor in compelling us to follow Him. It’s true that we trust the promises that He has given us, it’s true that we accept His reasoning for our human condition and our need for repentance and the acceptance of His sacrifice of His death and Resurrection for us, as the Son of the Living God. I know all that. But it is because of what I have come to know, that I love Him.
Remember when Jesus asked Peter if he loved Him? Remember how Jesus told us to love one another? Remember how the scriptures say we are to love God with all our hearts, strength, minds and souls and to love our neighbours as ourselves? What’s the key word there? Is it not love? We love Him because He first loved us.
Love is an emotion or at least it is to me. My love for God causes me to cry because of what He was willing to go through for you and for me. My love for God causes me to praise Him because of His grace and forgiving ways. My love for God causes me to stand in awe of His Holiness and righteousness.
It’s that one on one that is available to me whenever I kneel in prayer. It’s that one on one that meets my deepest needs. It’s that one on one that promises me that He is indeed in control and all I really need to do is trust in Him and follow His commandments. To those who scoff at my “simplistic faith”, I really don’t care. I’ve tasted, you haven’t and until you have experienced what I have experienced, you really don’t know what you are talking about. That may sound curt but it is true. I’ve been where you are but I don’t think you have been where I have been, or you wouldn’t be scoffing as you are.
Revelation 3:20 NIV “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”
That eating with one another is personal, it’s one on one. Jesus gave us those specific words for a reason.
The beauty of the above Scripture is that it is true. For me, this is indeed what Christianity is all about, it is what I am sold on, it is what the Apostle Paul was sold on and it was what all of the Apostles were sold on. Jesus does indeed knock, we have the option of opening the door.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!