When I was in high school, I had three classmates who were passionate followers of the Lord Jesus Christ. Two of them were girls, and one was a guy. They often invited me to church. But when I observed how the two girls dressed-no pants, only dresses; no toes showing, no makeup-I was not interested. I shunned them. I gave all kinds of excuses to escape their invites.
Having observed the bland appearance of these classmates, my verdict was that Christianity was boring. It aimed to take all the fun out of life. Why would I opt for such a lifestyle? I was only a teen. I had a long life ahead of me.
But Jesus said, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). Based on these words, Jesus did not come to take life away from us. He came to give life and to increase life. So what am I missing? How do I reconcile Jesus’ words with my assessment of my fellow classmates?
My confusion was based on my misconception about “life.” To the world of unbelievers, life includes drinking, partying, promiscuity, lawlessness, etc. But the truth is that these do not define life. In the eyes of God these constitute “death.” The pleasures they bring are only temporary. Sad but true, these are the things many people choose to cling to at the expense of following Christ. He came that we might have true life. This life includes but is not limited to eternity with the Lord, fellowship with God, joy, and peace.
Moreover, it is not true that when we become a Christian that God does not want us to enjoy the material things of life. In fact, the Bible says God “gives us richly all things to enjoy” (1 Timothy 6:17). This was His plan for our life when He sent His Son Jesus to earth. He came to give life, not to take it away. The world and the devil would have us to believe otherwise. As a teen, I bought their lies. Many people today have done the same.
It’s hard if not impossible to see the truth about true life when you are outside of Christ. The goal of the enemy is to keep us blinded to the truth. I thank God that He opened my eyes over thirty years ago. I am a Christian, and I am living the best kind of life. That’s what Jesus came to give us.
Copyright © 2017 by Frank King. All rights reserved.