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Why Be a Christian?
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It’s a question I’ve been asked more than once: “Why be a Christian? If you have to struggle through life as much as any non-Christian, then why be one? What’s the difference?”

My answer is simple: the difference is Jesus. As a Christian I have Jesus to take care of my past. Even with my best efforts, I sometimes fail. But when I do, I know that I can go to Jesus and pour my heart out. I can tell Him that I’m sorry and know, without a doubt, that He forgives me: “But if we confess our sins to God, he can always be trusted to forgive us and take away our sins” (1 John 1:9).

As a Christian I have Jesus to take care of my present. He is here for me now. Today. When I’m afraid, worried or sad, I can go to Him and talk about it. I can tell Him my needs: “Don't worry about anything, but pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God. Then, because you belong to Christ Jesus, God will bless you with peace that no one can completely understand. And this peace will control the way you think and feel” (Philippians 4:6, 7).

Guarantee My Future

And as a Christian I have Jesus to guarantee my future. Someday the pain, suffering and unfairness of this world will be over: “He will wipe all tears from their eyes, and there will be no more death, suffering, crying, or pain. These things of the past are gone forever” (Revelation 21:4).

Being a Christian does make a difference: a difference in my past, my present and my future. Sure, even though I’m a Christian I’ll get sick, people I love will die, and at times I’ll be worried about the lack of peace in this world. God doesn’t play favorites. Matthew 5:45 says that “He makes the sun rise on both good and bad people. And he sends rain for the ones who do right and for the ones who do wrong.” It wouldn’t be fair if He blessed only the Christians. He loves all His children—the believers and the non-believers. But through all of life’s uncertainties I have a Forgiver. I have a Provider. I have a Hope. And that’s the difference. 

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