People reject Christianity on the basis of an outsider’s glance, like a little boy who is sure he will always hate kissing girls. Knowing Jesus is more wonderful than those who have not experienced it could dream.
All longing is a longing for Jesus, discovered someone enjoying the greatest adventure. The love, excitement, challenge, satisfaction and understanding we crave are found in the One who made us.
The Christian spiritual experience, Jesus declared, is like buried treasure. Millions walk past it, never suspecting the wonders that lie below the surface. Anyone who makes the discovery, however, would eagerly trade for it everything they had previously treasured, like trading plastic for diamonds.
To try describing the benefits of having Jesus in your life sounds
as hollow and self-centered as listing receiving a gold ring as
a benefit of marrying the most wonderful person. It is like cutting
up the most beautiful, priceless flower and offering the separate
parts for sale. And it sounds just too good to be believable.
This is to be expected. We were made to enjoy the God who made
us. So it is hardly surprising that a relationship with him will
fulfill our deepest longing. But it still sounds too good to be
Here is a few of the results of being united to the One we
were made for:
A brand new start in life.
Involvement in the greatest possible good. Reaching your highest possibilities. Finding and fulfilling your reason for being born. Living life to the full.
The thrill of knowing you can now achieve things of eternal importance.
Being at peace with God. No longer running from reality.
The excitement of living life on the edge, as God takes you beyond what you are humanly capable of.
The lifelong opportunity to love and thank God, the Giver of every good and beautiful thing everyone has ever enjoyed.
A life that is highly demanding and challenging, with the greatest power in the universe urging you on and giving you the power to achieve.
The freedom to look in the mirror and know that no matter what your past, you are now pure in the eyes of the holy God.
God-given power to love the unlovable, to break harmful habits, to resist the pressure of people wanting you to be like them, and to control such weaknesses as anger, greed, and selfishness.
Knowing that God is working both within you to make you more and more like Jesus – the most loving and most wonderful person earth has seen.
Being on the winning side – the obvious result of having in your life the God whose power and wisdom has no limit.
The highest security of knowing you are forever loved and that nothing – not even death - can rob you of its endless joys.
Knowing that you are of the greatest importance to the most important Person in the universe.
Having as your best friend the Person who not only feels concern for you but knows your every weakness and victory, your every thought, your every experience since birth, your darkest secret, your sweetest dream, and is committed to you with never ending devotion.
Answers to prayer.
Access to the spirit world. Supernatural dreams, visions, miracles, meeting angels and other amazing spiritual experiences are not impossible.
Joy and peace and fulfillment, each of which are so far beyond what anything else offers that it cannot be described.
Escape from the endless torment of hell.
Not even all God’s matchless gifts, however, reach the heights of the wonder and excitement and pleasure of enjoying and knowing deeply the most thrilling Person in the universe. God is so special that falling in love with him is the inevitable result of truly knowing him.