So it’s April Fool’s Day. Let me tell you a story.
17 years ago I decided to give my life to a Jewish man who was born 2,000ish years ago. Weird right? Believing that although he had died he was raised from the dead, I asked him to forgive me for living life my own way and committed to living it the way I was created to: loving God and loving people.
Afterwards I felt like I was a new person. Same memories, same personality but new peace, new hope, a DEEP sense of joy and new convictions on how to live.
Now I did not do this perfectly and I still don’t. I battled an addiction to pornography for 6 years until I was 18 when Jesus set me free from it. Message me if you want to read that full story 😉
God spoke to me not longer after I said I wanted to live for Him (not audibly but deeply, right to my heart) and said that if I was really going to do this Christian thing, it might cost me my popularity with people. I had to make a decision.
After walking through the social minefields of school, college and two rounds of uni, I realise what He meant.
I realise a lot of people think I’m a Fool for never getting drunk and being a 29 year old virgin. Yep, I said it.
I realise that a lot of people think I am a Fool for believing that there is an all-powerful and just God who loves us and that created all things.
I realise that a lot of people think I am a Fool for believing that there is such a thing as right and wrong but that we don’t define that. He does.
I realise a lot of people think I am a Fool for believing that good deeds don’t outweigh rebellious hearts and that we all deserve the punishment of a good God simply because He is good and God.
I realise that a lot of people think I am a Fool for believing that He does not want to punish us because He loves us so much and that’s why He sent His Son to pay the price for our rebellion against Him so He could forgive us.
I realise a lot of people think I am a Fool for believing that Jesus died in my place, for my wrongs so that I could be made right with God and restored to relationship with my heavenly Father.
I realise that a lot of people think I am a Fool because I believe that Jesus rose from the dead because he was innocent so he broke the power of sin which leads to death and that through His Spirit He lives in me today.
Look, I get it. I really do.
I live in the same world you do so I know how all of this sounds but I’m still going to say it’s true. And I’m still gonna offer it to you. Not tradition or superstition, not the “white man’s religion”, not a cult or a system but that you can be forgiven. You can know God personally, the One who made you. And He can set you free from all of that darkness that plagues you. Or He can walk with you, by your side as the Light. He can talk with you, by your side day or night.
Turn away from sin. It’s dead anyway. Turn to Him. He’ll take the burden off your back so you can learn from Him. Time is short so if you burn within let the blood of Christ extinguish the flames sin. He loves you.
No one knows when they’re going to die so don’t put it off. Don’t dismiss it because somebody else told you you should. Don’t hold back because you don’t think that you’re good enough. Don’t miss it because miss because it sounds like news that’s “too good.”
But hey, thanks for reading what I have to say. These are the words of a Fool but I wrote them for you and I won’t take them back after midday. But He will take you back even if you’ve drifted a looong way away. God is a Father who wants His kids back.
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son so that whoever believes in him will not perish but have everlasting life.
April 1st 2018