I’m preaching a sermon this Sunday; I get to do that often at our church. I love to preach and feel like it’s what God’s really given me a passion for. The content of this message got me reflecting on WHY I decided to be a Christian.
Don’t start with truth…
I’ll be honest with you; I didn’t decide to become a Christian because I thought it was “true.” While I did (and still do) believe the claims Jesus made about himself, that’s not what informed my decision. Do you want to know what made me want to become a Christian?
Start with GOOD News…
What made me want to become a Christian was that I thought it was actually Good News. “Gospel” actually means good news. I not only believed the things Jesus said about himself were true, I believed they were good. Good for society, good for our culture, good for my life, good for the world.
I came to this conclusion by how others loved me who said they also loved God. I had not known a love like this before and it completely blew me away. I remember people who went out of their way to love those who were in front of them, me being one of them. They truly “loved one another” which I later found out was the most explicit command Jesus ever gave.
So that’s what made me become a follower of Jesus. I’m not religious, I’m a follower of Jesus who spread GOOD news. What made it good was that it elevated others, always. I finally discovered that we love God BY loving one another. I always thought those were 2 separate things: love God and also love others. But now I realize that we love God BY loving others. It’s a game changer.