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Top 10 Reasons to Become a Christian (follower of Christ)

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Christianity seems to have gotten a bad rap lately.  Although it has its set of challenges, there are many benefits that often go unsaid.  Here are the top 10 reasons I feel everyone should follow Christ.

Being a Christian:

10. Changes you (for the better) 

Nature versus Nurture: the argument of the ages!  Some believe the nature of a person has a greater impact on them than the way they are nurtured.  Others believe the inverse.  Quite frankly, all of us are doomed either way.  Thankfully, Christ confronts both ideas and nullifies their effect once we’re born again in Him.  The excuse “that’s just how I am,” is no longer valid.   We are now empowered to be like Christ in mind and spirit. (2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 4:22-32)

9. Preserves your life 

As a child, I can remember saying “I can’t wait to grow up so I can do what I want to do!”    This gripe usually followed a limitation set by my parents or someone in authority.  After growing up, I realized if I was given the freedom to do what I wanted to do as a child it would be a form of abuse.  In this same way, biblical boundaries are not constructed to control us but to protect us from self-destruction. (Deuteronomy 6: 24; Psalm 1: 1-3)

8. Fills your inner most need 

No matter how much money I saved.  No matter how much love I experienced (romantic and otherwise).  No matter how much education I acquired.  There remained a longing for something more.  Something deeper. Something that is neither material nor of this world.  I found that something in Christ.  It is our spirit’s earnest desire to connect with it’s maker and from this finding all other things are put into proper perspective. (Ecclesiastes 3:11; Psalms 16:11)

7. Grants access to God’s presence 

Speaking from experience, there’s no better place to be than in the presence of the Lord.  I’m not talking about being at church. This could happen at home, or in the car, or at a camp site.  It is where your spirit recognizes and experiences the realness of who God is.  Because of the crucifixion of Christ, we are no longer in need of a priest or middleman.  We, as regular humans, are granted the privilege of sharing God’s space.  This is where real revelation and personal growth occurs. (Ephesians 2:18; Hebrews 4:14-16)

6. Offers you a personal relationship with God 

God can sometimes feel far away, mystical even. When I’m low the last thing I want to do is have to search for Him and thankfully I don’t have to.  He is available in my moment of weakness and encourages me to build a relationship with Him based on communication and mutual love.  He equips each of us with a special language that makes intercessions for us, when our natural language no longer does the job.  And with that same spirit we’re comforted with His Word and omnipresence.  (John 15:15; Romans 8:26-27)

5. Empowers you to overcome evil/temptation

Everyday, whether we know it or not, we’re involved in a battle.  Sometimes it comes as a mental battle other times it comes as a physical battle, but we are in a fight.  The devil wants to destroy us and will go to any length to do just that.  The good news is when you choose Christ you choose to win.  God gives us a way to deal (Paul), a way to fight (David), and/or a way to escape (Joseph).  Nothing can overpower you.  Nothing can derail you.  Once you are in Christ, He becomes greater than any force outside of you. (I Corinthians 10:13; I John 4:4)

4. Gives you hope for the world 

Racism, poverty, human trafficking, drug abuse, emotional abuse, physical abuse, sexism…  Sometimes life stinks!  My only solace comes from knowing God is very aware of these issues, is ultimately in control, and provides comfort for those who suffer.  Some may ask why would He allow evil to prevail, but it is the consequence of our fallen state.  He promises to be with us until the end of the world and with that promise His intervention is not only possible but inevitable. (Matthew 28: 20; Psalm 34:18-21)

3. Gives insight on todays woes 

There is a reason the world is the way it is.  If not for that reason, life would be most miserable.  God’s plan was never for us to live in turmoil, but He gives us freewill to choose Him.  The consequences of this choice is what we are experiencing today.  Gratefully, God still grants us the choice to choose Him and when we do, we are given prophetic insight regarding the state of the world and our role within it.  (Genesis 2-3,6; I Corinthians 3:9)

2. Makes you a better contributor to society 

When thinking on the ills of society, helplessness really starts to seep in when I ask myself, what can I do to help.  But as a Christian  I am mandated to reach out and help in anyway I can.  We are sent to feed the hungry and clothe the naked.  We are purposed to embrace the marginalized and to love our neighbor as we love ourselves.  Though small, when we all do our part we make a HUGE impact. (Matthew 25:34-40; Jonah 3 )

1. Secures you in the afterlife 

Whether you want to believe it or not, life is not merely about the 100 years (if you’re lucky) you spend on earth.  Each of us has a soul, which is fundamentally who we are.  Our souls are eternal and will dwell somewhere for eternity.  Christianity confronts that mystery and prepares our soul for a resting place with God.  This is the quintessential example of delayed gratification.   Think about it.  Where will you be for the rest of eternity? (Matthew 10:28; John 3:16)

What is your reason for being a Christian?  If you aren’t, why not?

#walkthetalk

– Sarah

4 comments

  1. EXCELLENT! I think I’ll post this on Facebook! Giving full credit of course! LOL (a wink to your other post). Blessings!!

  2. This is truly insightful!! Serving in a ministry catering to many ‘newly saved’ and never ‘churched’, I know this will be beneficial. I intend to share this information with our members! Awesome!

    1. YES! I just looked up and said “thanks God.” My blog post could NOT be used for a better purpose! Thanks for reading and leaving a comment. God Bless Nicole 🙂

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