God has to draw us to Himself.
“No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day.” John 6:44
We know that. But why did you claim Jesus as your Savior?
Was it your fear of hell?
Was it because your life had been so wretched and sinful that Jesus was your last resort?
Was it because you were hoping the Savior would make life more bearable here on earth?
Was it because you wanted to impress somebody? (A guy in college
really did this. He started dating a Christian girl. He thought saying he was a Christian and reading the Bible would impress her.)
Was it because you were an honest seeker?
Was it because when you were young you accepted Christ because you thought it was the thing to do to be cool and “in”?
Was it because you saw how Christ changed the lives of your friends and you wanted what they had?
Was it because your life felt empty and you had friends who knew Christ and seemed to live fuller, richer lives and you wanted to feel that same sense of fullness in your life?
I posed the question for this blog post because I don’t know exactly why I answered Jesus’ call to follow Him. I know when it was and where, but I honestly don’t know why with any certainty. I’ll be pondering this question for awhile myself.
Truth be told there are plenty of reasons why we choose to follow Jesus. In his book, Eternity, Joseph Stowell suggests that we were created for heaven. “I was not only built for heaven, but redeemed for heaven as well. I have been impressed afresh,” he said, “with the truth that all of life here on earth is but a preparation for, a pilgrimage toward, and an investment in heaven.”
Do you agree with Stowell? Did you (we all) choose Jesus Christ as our Savior so we could live as His children with Him in eternity? Is that why we chose to make Him our Savior? I would be very interested in your feedback and your answer to my question.