Following Jesus

Why am I a Christian?

The straight forward answer to this is because I believe in Jesus Christ and I believe he was the Son of God who came to earth to show us how He really wants us to live.

I was brought up in a Christian family who took me to church from an early age and then kept taking me back! I learnt about God’s word (the Bible) and how to talk with God through prayer. I learnt about fun, fellowship and faith. There were lots of questions and quite a few answers. It is by continuing to read the Bible, praying, worshipping and learning with others that we are able to find out more about how God wants us to live our lives and share His love with others. He is the reason we exist!

I believe He created the universe and everything that is in it. I have no idea how, but then again there are lots of things that I don’t understand – indeed there are many things that lots of people don’t understand. In an article I was reading recently by John Polkinghorne (a former Professor of Maths and Physics at Cambridge University and Canon Theologian of Liverpool Cathedral), he explained how scientists discovered that nuclear matter is made up of constituents called ‘quarks’. Yet no one has ever seen a quark on itsown. He went on to say that “quarks are unseen realities, whose existence we believe in because it makes sense of great swathes of directly observable physical experience. God is an unseen reality, whose existence makes sense of great swathes of spiritual experience.”

I believe God loves me and knows me well. He knows everything about me (even the number of hairs on my head – see Luke 12v7). He made me and he wants me to live my life for Him. Being a Christian is not about having a checklist of things to tick off. It is about having a relationship with a living God.
As a Christian, I believe I’m on a journey and at the end of it I will meet my maker face to face. Quite an amazing thought! At times, it can be easy to get lost by the wayside, to take wrong turns, to make mistakes and to head in the wrong direction. No one said it would be easy being a Christian. I don’t claim to have all the answers, none of us do. But God is loving and caring and will forgive anyone who is sorry for the wrong things they do. He is the risen Lord who experienced life on earth as we do and died for our wrong doings. He is there to be our guide and companion.
I am reminded of the story “Footprints in the sand”; when I find things difficult, Jesus is there to carry me through.

Where are you on your journey of faith?
Have you begun it yet?
Do you want to find out more? Talk to a Christian, go to your local church. Investigate!!

Article by Ruth Bull

FOOTPRINTS

I walked the road of sorrows
A road so dark with care –
So lonely I was certain
that no one else was there.

But suddenly around me
were beams of light stretched wide
And then I saw that someone
was walking by my side.

And when I turned to notice
the road which I had trod
I saw two sets of footprints –
my own and those of God.