Why are you a Christian?
The question came at the end of our Sunday School class after a lesson and discussion about Job. I had already mentally started making the transition in my mind from the Sunday School hour to the Worship service because I'd closed my Bible and my notebook.
Why are you a Christian?
Have you ever been asked that question? What was your answer? Did you freeze? Did you stare back like a deer-in-the-headlights?
it has grabbed hold of my heart from the moment the words filled the air
I have to admit I usually have a pretty quick answer for most of the questions that are asked...not that I always verbalize them...well, I do sometimes whisper my answer to my husband. But when the question of why I'm a Christian was asked I have to admit it has grabbed hold of my heart from the moment the words filled the air. It's been a constant echo now for a few days.
There's a verse that comes to mind that has joined in with the ever tender Holy Spirit's nudging for me to go deeper still. The question and the verse have been taking turns repeating themselves into my heart. There's been this sing songing tune of......Why? pause. Be prepared. Why? pause. Be prepared. Why? pause. Be prepared. Ever so gently this sweet melody has ebbed and flowed from my head to my heart and back again.
Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. 1 Peter 3:15
I failed. I pushed away. I tried ever so hard to pump air into my protective bubble as fast as I could before the threat got too close.
I was presented with my first opportunity to be ready a mere 24 hours after this question begged an answer from me. I failed. I pushed away. I tried ever so hard to pump air into my protective bubble as fast as I could before the threat got too close. Why oh why don't I get it? Why am I a Christian? Why wasn't I ready when faced with a chance to show that I am. A chance to ask the question of them...not necessarily why, but are you? Are you putting your trust in Him? Are you looking to Him instead of people? Here's why I'm a Christian....why didn't I say that? Why did I want to run? Pride. Not a true understanding of who I am. Not a complete answer to the Why. Those things and more, I'm sure.
It's been 7 years ago now, but we had a chance to share Jesus with people right in the middle of Sturgis during their annual motorcycle rally. We went through a short time of preparation and training but the result was suppose to be that we could share our testimony in under 3 minutes. Whew. What a tough thing to do for an introvert who does everything I can to avoid anything out of my comfort zone. Anything that involves talking to strangers about myself no less. I was expected to take the lead and start a conversation with bikers about my Jesus. I've come a long way since then as far as being able to have a conversation with strangers.
My point is this. Have you answered that question for yourself so that you can be prepared to answer that question for a soul that God has put in your pathway who's searching for the answer too? The answer isn't because someone invited you to church years ago. The answer isn't because you were raised that way. The answer isn't because your spouse is. God definitely used these things in your life, but they were all orchestrated by the Savior. I'm not trying to make this harder than it really is. There is an answer to this question. The right answer to all questions.
It's His very breath in my lungs.
By the ONE who died for you & me. He is the WHY. It's certainly a bit embarrassing that I froze when asked this question and I could certainly beat myself up because I made this question too hard to answer. But I don't believe God had that in mind as He has been gently reminding me of who I am. I am His. Reminding me that it's all about Him. I am nothing without Him. I can do nothing without Him. It's His very breath in my lungs.
isn't He just so sweet like that to think of all the details and to gently bring into our hearts the message He has for each of us personally
There's more for me to share with you about this and I'm sure I'll continue it next week if that's what God wants. The Why question here begs the answer to the Who. Who are you? It's been on my mind since I heard what the theme for the Women's Retreat will be this weekend. Identity. I'm even reading a book that was bought for me on that very subject....Hmmmm isn't He just so sweet like that to think of all the details and to gently bring into our hearts the message He has for each of us personally from multiple sources at a time? How He weaves it all together and makes it personal for each of us? Even when we're hearing the exact same message?
He's calling us in such a time as this to know the who, what, when, where, why & how so that we will be prepared to share Him with whoever He chooses to put in our path.