Last year, my husband and I had the pleasure of hearing Bob Goff speak at our church and he said something that really resonated with me. He said that he was a terrible evangelist because he believes that God saves people, we don’t save people; our job is just to love everyone. I am not ashamed of my faith and I don’t hide it, but I’m not a big fan of pushing it on non-Christians either because I think that is one of the things that turns a lot of people off from the Church. I guess I fall into Bob Goff’s camp; I just want to love everyone.
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. John 15:12 NIV
That said, in advance of Easter I have felt called to share the gospel and what it means to be a Christian in my own words.
Let’s start with two undeniable truths to set the stage:
- We are all going to die.
- No one is perfect; we have all made mistakes, had bad thoughts about other people, harbored jealousy in our hearts or yelled at another driver in traffic (if you haven’t, please let me know, I’d really like to meet you!).
The Bible says that in order to reconcile our sinful nature (what we often call human nature – our propensity toward making mistakes), God sent Jesus to die as a sacrifice for us. Anyone who accepts this gift from God is welcome to spend eternity in Heaven in God’s presence.
That’s what I believe. That means the following:
- This gift is available to everyone (seriously, EVERYONE)
- You don’t have to be good enough, or righteous enough or work hard enough (check out who Jesus hung out with: tax collectors, sinners and prostitutes)
- Nothing you can do can take away the saving grace of Jesus (I once heard someone say it like this: our God is a God of repeat offenders)
I am not a theologian, I do not hold a degree in divinity studies, I am simply a person who has made mistakes, will continue to make mistakes and is thankful for the forgiveness and grace of God through Jesus.
If you are invested in learning more, I invite you to check out these resources: