“Tell me, why should I become a Christian?” This question is reasonable and answerable. Peter explained that we should “…be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear” (1 Pet. 3:15). Therefore, let me begin my defense of why a person should become a Christian.
First of all, Christians have the privilege of being able to live without condemnation. Paul wrote, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit” (Rom. 8:1). Being able to live a life without condemnation is being able to live a life of freedom. When a person sins, he leaves an innocent state. He has now become a sinner, and thus, he has a debt that needs to be paid. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom. 6:23). If he continues to live in sin, he will have to pay that debt one day. It is written, “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death” (Rev. 21:8). Thankfully, Jesus lived a sinless life, and by doing such, was a suitable sacrifice for my sin (Heb. 4:15; 10:12-13). Therefore, if I can get into Christ Jesus, I have access to spiritual freedom. I no longer have to be condemned. Paul mentioned, “But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness” (Rom. 6:17-18). Also, Paul wrote, “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ” (Gal. 3:26-27). Keep in mind, faithful living is needed to remain free (Rev. 2:10; 1 John 1:6-10). If the Christian forsakes his Lord, and returns to a lifestyle of sin, he once again will be condemned, and this time worse than before (2 Pet. 2:20-22).
Another reason why a person should become a Christian is the fellowship that he can enjoy with God and other Christians. John discussed this when he wrote, “That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ” (1 John 1:3). John further added, “If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin” (1 John 1:6-7). By being a Christian, a man is able to have communion with the Lord. “The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ” (1 Cor. 10:16). Also, the Lord has said, “…I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Heb. 13:5). By being a Christian, a man is never truly alone. Part of that is because fellow Christians also have one another. Paul instructed, “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ” (Gal. 6:2). He also wrote, “Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do” (1 Thess. 5:11). These are some of the blessings of being a Christian.
Finally, let me submit one more reason to become a Christian. That reason is Heaven! The descriptions that are used to illustrate what Heaven will be like are awe inspiring. For instance, “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away” (Rev. 21:4). Likewise, “And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever” (Rev. 22:1-5). The only way that a man will be able to enjoy these things is if he becomes a Christian. Friend, if you are not already one, then let me encourage you to become a Christian today.
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