So What Is This Whole ‘Christian’ Thing Anyway? | Pilisa S. Hamrick

I talk a lot about Christ. That’s not a secret. I do it mostly because of my relationship with Him – my life is centered around Him so that’s obviously going to be reflected in my writing. Everything that I am and everything that I talk about, whether that be mental health, music, life, all of that is somehow going to make its way back to a discussion about Jesus. When He’s the foundation you build your life upon, He is going to be found in every aspect of it.

Basically, I just love Jesus a whole lot.

But I also love people. And I want people to be able to experience Jesus the way I have. So if you’re reading this, I want to talk to you for a second. Hang with me – I know that it might be lame or uncool or annoying to hear about Jesus, but His message is amazing, His love for you is incredible, and I want to tell you why.

The gospel message may be kind of intimidating and/or weird to some of you, but it is actually quite simple. God became a human in the form of Jesus Christ (Matthew 1:20-24). Jesus was a man who walked the very Earth we are on now. He was perfect in that He never sinned. That’s really important because he had to be spotless in order to die on the cross to take the punishment for our sins. Every human that ever lived or ever will live (besides Jesus, obviously) is born a sinner. We have all sinned. And our sin separates us from God (Romans 3:23) There’s no way to fix that. As sinners, there is nothing in our power that could bring us back to Him. Without Him, the only place for us to go after we die is hell, because if we are separated from God, then hell is all we deserve (Romans 6:23). The only human who wasn’t separated from God was the one who never sinned – Jesus.

But God loves us, he doesn’t want to be separated from us and He doesn’t want to send us to hell. So He sent Jesus down to Earth to bring us back to Him (Romans 5:8). When Jesus was crucified on the cross, He was taking the punishment of every single person ever on Himself so that through him we could return to the God who made us and loves us. Jesus was perfect, spotless, and sinless, but He took on everything, made himself into sin, so that we wouldn’t have to go through that. He died on a cross for us. And then… he rose from the dead (John 20:1-10). That’s the best part! Jesus Christ defeated death! Then it was finished. He died with our sins on him, and rose again as a spotless man.

The beauty of this is that He did that all on His own! He bridged the gap between us and the Father, we did not. There’s nothing that we could’ve done to fill that void, so he did it for us. Our good works cannot bring us back to Him. Only He can.

So anyone who believes in His story, how He died on a cross and then was resurrected three days later – if you acknowledge that yes, you are a sinner and there’s nothing you can do to repair that and you say yes to the love He is extending to you, then you also can die to your sins and be resurrected as a new, spotless person (Romans 10:9-10).

It’s that simple. Acknowledge that you are a sinner and repent of your sins. Believe that Jesus died on a cross to save you and then embrace His love. It’s a choice that you’re going to have to make. And I know that some of you are going to have A LOT of questions about it. That’s understandable. I’m going to go through some common ones in Part 2. But I encourage you, that if you have more, please go talk to someone wiser than me. Whether that’s a pastor, a parent, or an older person that you know. There are always going to be people out there who are eager to answer your questions.

You, my friend, don’t have to be in bondage anymore. You don’t have to be a slave to your sin! Jesus died for us so that we could be called children of God (Galatians 4:6-7). You’re never too far gone for God to accept you. He loves you and wants you to be with you, no matter what you’ve done (Romans 10:13). And remember, once you become a child of God, there’s nothing you can do to change that. You can’t “sin too much” or “fall too far away”, God loves you and will always be there to welcome you home. I know that God is continually forgiving me and washing away my stains. I know that no one can snatch me out of His hands (John 10:28-30).

Despite what you may have heard, there’s no magic prayer you have to say or a penance you have to pay or anything like that. Do you believe that Jesus died on the cross and was resurrected for your sins? Do you acknowledge that you are fallen and can’t get to heaven on your own? Have you repented of your sins and asked for forgiveness? If the answer is yes, well, then,

Welcome to the family of God.