Why Jesus?

As you can tell by maybe my posts or my twisted sense of humour in this photo, I am not your “typical Christian.” I like to make a joke out of everything but I like to take Jesus seriously. I find that true Christianity is a relationship with Jesus. I find it pretty awesome.

For this weeks challenge, its why do I pick Jesus. In high school, I remember taking a world religions class. I hated school, and I hated world religions. I hated religion. I never liked that I had to be reincarnated into a snail because I did drugs at the time or if I did well be reincarnated into another, more humble human. Don’t you think life is already hard enough for anyone to live back on this planet again?

I didn’t know why I chose Jesus and it didn’t make sense to me for a long time. I always heard the term “Being a Christian isn’t religion, but relationship.” So…to outside people what does that mean. I have a quote from Dr. Timothy Keller that cleared things up in my head. It says “The principle of religion is that I obey therefore I am accepted by God. The principle of Grace is I am accepted by God therefore I obey.” Its kind of stuck with me. It basically means that I don’t have to do anything.

Mark 12-29:31 states “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

I don’t perform for anyone. I don’t try and be something I am not. I try to love God the best that I can and love others. What you see from me is who I am. I try to be in Gods image the best that I can, but I don’t perform. The biggest reason why that I chose Jesus is because God loves me for me. He then knits me together because He wants me to grow, to learn, to learn from Him. I am pretty thankful that I know Him and I genuinely want the world to know Him too.

Finally, Jesus is the only one who has risen from the dead. That is enough to me stating that Jesus is God. If you look into any history of any religion, Jesus is the only supernatural thing on the face of this planet that is able to rise from the dead. He has risen, and so I should follow. I encourage anyone to be a Christian. You won’t regret it.

Salvation Story

Coming from a home where you have no father is hard. Coming from a standpoint where you don’t know who you are or why you seem that you don’t exist is even harder. I was that person. Sometimes, I still am. Its a very upsetting place in which you don’t have a male role model in your life.

Before we get any further let me tell you a little bit about me. My name is Matt. I now live in a small town in Canada. My mom was seventeen when she had me and she struggled a lot to keep me. I grew up poor, not having much just because my mom had to take care of me. It was hard.

I grew up not having much, I was influenced in with some people that have a similar story to me. I used to hang out with really messed up people. I had one friend who got stabbed nine times, had another friend who overdosed on oxy contins, and had another hold a knife to my throat. I still look back saying “hey that could be me. I could be dead.” By the grace of God I am not.

I used to do a lot of parties. I tried ecstasy once. I remember being up for thirty six hours straight and being in the streets of Toronto without any sleep. I even remember me going on the streets of downtown Toronto going into clubs and partying. I was in the scariest place possible and I didn’t know what to do or how to stop it. It felt good, but I knew I didn’t want to stay there.

I went to a place called the Recreation Outreach Center (The ROC) where I was first experienced with a friend named Troy. The ROC basically placed teens in where they all can hang out and have fun. It was a way to get kids off the streets. That is where I had my life changed. God in Troy was leading me to the gospel. I was understanding a little piece of what I was trying to find and was really getting interested in what Troy was showing me. I was baptized on November 11th (will never forget that day) in which one of my friends was in a fatal car accident. I could have easily been in that car. However, while I am still missing her I am so thankful that I am alive today. Only by the grace of God that I am still here.

At the beginning of my post, it was read that I didn’t have a dad. I still don’t, but I have a Father. I encourage everyone to follow Jesus, for He is the way, truth, and the life.