What would I say if someone asked me that? It’s a big question. Really big. I don’t know where to start! “In the beginning…” ? Not very personal… Would I endeavour to first prove that they’re a sinner and need Jesus? (creating a need, then offering the solution) A valid method, but… something’s not ‘me’ about that either.
As I think of ‘having an answer ready' for the faith I have, I have to agree with Craig Groeschel (author of Christian Atheist) who recommends sharing our own personal Jesus experience as our answer.
I started to wonder ‘what IS my story?’ … what parts of it would I dare share? How would I put it into words? So, I’ll share it here as an exercise in preparation.
I don’t know what the whole “Christianity Thing” is about, but I know what Jesus has done in my life. By age 12, I felt completely rejected – by everyone. Terrified of people’s opinions and, most of all, their rejection, I withdrew. Bitterness grew and soon I seethed with hate. I hated people. I hated myself. I hated rules. I hated this empty, angry life. I thought of ending it, even held knife to skin … but couldn’t do it. “Chicken”
I left home and moved far away to a city of strangers. I strutted and scowled. Nobody was going to mess with me. No one would ever get the chance. Drugs, booze, bar hopping … well, for a detailed list, just look at Galatians 5:19-21 – that was me. All of it.
“ When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear:
sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility,
quarrelling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy,
drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these.”
But even while I ran from him, consumed with hate and self-destructing, Jesus loved me. He pursued me. He protected me from so much. SO much.
Since I met Jesus, I’ve known a whole new world! (and it’s only getting better!) I’ve heard His voice guide me. He’s done miracles in my life, called me to specific tasks. He’s healed my body when no doctor could. He’s told me about my future and I got to watch it come true! He’s taught me, guided me and completely changed my heart. (only God can do that!!) The Holy Spirit has spoken such life into my life!
Nothing on this earth compares with Him!
I’ve had it all - money, a job with purpose (the ultimate in career success, isn't it?) and meaningful friendships – basically lacked for nothing and still ached for something. That something, that void we all try to fill with meaning – that’s the hole we were created with. Only one thing can fill it, but He fills it completely.
Isn’t God awesome?! I’d love to hear your story. Include a page address in your comment – I’ll be sure to visit! I love hearing about God’s amazing work. I could listen to them forever. Actually, I DO get to listen to them forever! God is so good!