Deep down inside, I think each and every human being is searching for the truth. We are all searching for something to hold on to. Something to define the meaning of this thing called “life”.
This world is a beautiful place. The beautiful sunrises and sunsets, the changing seasons, love among each other, etc. Along with these beautiful things come the not-so-beautiful. Sin has pretty much limited the measure of what creation was designed to look like. There is hate, jealousy, envy, gossip, murder, abuse, the list goes on. We are all fogged by sin to some extent. This is not a choice, it just is. We were born with a sinful nature. We are all born and we will all die. Pretty depressing really, but not really.
If this life were the only thing worth living for, I would be pretty bummed. There’s more, there’s so much more. We, as human beings were made in God’s image. We were each given skills, abilities, gifts and the deep desire to love and be in relationship. Now that’s beautiful. In addition to this, God sent His son, Jesus Christ, to this earth for you and me. Not because He was bored, not just for fun, but because He loves us. He knew that we needed help. He knew that we needed a Savior. Jesus Christ took the weight of the world on His shoulders. He took the sin and all that is evil. He died a horrible death on the cross. Let me stop here for a second. Jesus’s death was horrible and noble, but if the story ended there, the story would be no different from any other martyr story. What happened next changed the world……He rose again on the 3rd day! The tomb was empty. He was who He said He was. He kicked death out the door and ushered in life.
Practically speaking, what in the world does this mean to each of us? It means that God has given us a gift, through Jesus Christ. The gift of salvation for all who believe in Jesus Christ and what He has done for each of us. This means that when we die (and we will), we have hope of a future spent with Jesus in Heaven, for eternity. Not only is this gift free, it’s not earned, it’s undeserved, it’s only by His grace. Christ has now provided a bridge into relationship with Him.
I do understand that there are those who do not believe in Jesus. There are those who choose to forge their own paths in life. God loves each of us where we are, even if we aren’t walking with Him. He loves us enough that he will allow us to choose a life without Him.
Although I will never fully understand God’s ways, I know that what the Bible says about him is true. He is real. He wants to be real to you. He invites questions, doubts and fears. He wants to meet you face to face. Let Him grip you. I dare you.
How has God gripped your life? If you don’t believe in God, why?