Why are you a Christian?

Posted: October 7, 2008 by Rich Landosky in The Journey
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Why am I a Christian?  Do you ever ask yourself that question?  Do you, like me, ever sit and recount the reasons you accepted Christ and became a Christian?  What is this Christianity thing all about, really?  I mean, is it about going to church?  Doing the right things?  Not doing the wrong things?  Being good – and not being bad?  

Over the past year or so I cannot get away from Mark 12:28-31.  It continually reminds me of what this is all about.

28One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”

    29“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  There is no commandment greater than these.”

Love God.  Love people.  The greatest command.  Am I loving God as I should?  Do I love people like I need to?  As I sat eating my Raisin Bran for breakfast this morning, I was reading Erwin McManus’ book, Wide Awake, and came across a paragraph that made me stop, think, re-read it, think again, and re-read it again.  It hits at the crux of what being a Christian is really about – and what it isn’t about.

Your faith, your religion or spirituality, is not supposed to serve as a way to get God off your back.  It’s not supposed to be a way to leverage your bets so that maybe you can get to heaven when you die.  It’s not supposed to be just about some way to relieve your guilt and shame.  Dreaming with your eyes open is about living life to the fullest and enjoying God and having Him enjoy you.  It’s about getting God into your soul, your heart, and your head, and letting Him show you the dreams and plans He has for your life.  When an infinite God comes to dwell in a finite being, dangerously beautiful things begin to happen.  It is here where you become indomitable.  The fire within you becomes an eternal flame that cannot be put out.

So, why are you a Christian?  Has loving God become your all-consuming, passionate pursuit in life?  Or is it just fire-insurance or what makes the parents happy or seems like a good thing to do or just the way you  were raised or whatever?  Anything other than a hot and passionate pursuit of loving God becomes burdensome and honestly, just a game we play.  And it sucks all the life out of us.  There’s only one way to live life to it’s fullest – a life beyond our wildest dreams, and that’s to live a life that is running after God.

When an infinite God comes to dwell in a finite being, dangerously beautiful things begin to happen.

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