Yesterday, right before tennis I had an interesting conversation with someone at the club. The question was posed to someone, Are you a Christian? The answer was not surprising, as I believe it is the answer many give, “I don’t really have an opinion either way.” My response was one I often give in reply, no opinion is a No. Not having an opinion obout Christ is the same as rejecting Him.
There wasn’t a whole lot of privacy for a conversation on who Christ is and what He has done for all of mankind. However, as a Christ follower I recognize the importance of always being prepared to give a reason for the hope I have in Him. (1 Peter 3:15)
Here’s the question…Do you know who Christ is? Do you have an understanding of sin and how it affects your life? Can you explain it to others? Without Christ, there is death, but in Christ there is Hope for a future and eternal life with Him in heaven.
We are all created by God in His image and He desires a relationship with each of us (Genesis 1:26-28; Acts 17:24-31). He alone is Holy and worthy of praise and adoration (Psalm 145:3). He has authority over us and He calls us to reflect Him and to love others.
We all are sinful (Romans 3:23). We have a tendency to follow ourselves and the world instead of following the One who created us. We are disobedient and the consequences for that disobedience is death (Romans 6:23).
Jesus is God’s Son. He came to save us from God’s penalty for our sins. He took our guilt upon Himself and endured God’s judgement, dying on a cross so that we could be restored into a right relationship with Him (1 Peter 2:24; Romans 5:8-9). We have been forgiven through this gift (Ephesians 1:7). The gift is free to all who believe.
After His death, Jesus rose from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:4) and is now exhaled at the right hand of the Father in heaven (Acts 2:33). He lives to save each one of us completely the moment we acknowledge Him as Lord (Hebrews 7:25). He then seals us with the Holy Spirit, we are forever His (2 Corinthians 1:21-22).
What do you believe? Do you recognize your sinful nature, your need for a Savior? His gift is free, you don’t need to do anything except repent from and confess your sins (1 John 1:8-10), believing in Him who came to give you eternal life.
I believe in Jesus. I am a sinner in need of redemption. I have faith in Jesus and am grateful for His saving grace on a cross! I am a follower of Christ. I love Him above all else and am grateful He is my Savior.
(Some of the above comes from BSF ‘s Steps to Assurance which I received when attending their classes)