If you were to ask me my testimony, it wouldn’t be anything flashy or exciting. I grew up in a Christian home where going to church on Sunday was mandatory and prayer was essential to daily living. I can’t remember the first time I was told about Jesus because I’ve grown up with Him all my life. When I was about nine years old I was baptized like the rest of my Sunday School class and suddenly I became a full fledged Christian.
You know your testimony, but have you ever thought about why you’re a Christian? Where did your beliefs come from? Do you believe in Jesus because your parents said you should or did you come to faith on your own? It’s easy to say how you became a Christian, but it’s a lot more difficult to figure out why you prescribe to the Christian faith. Why DO you believe what you believe?
Romans 1:20 says: “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” It’s hard to look at the majesty of the world and not see God’s handiwork. So, asking, “Why do you believe in God?” is the wrong question. Since man was first created, people have believed in a higher power. Jesus is what makes the Christian faith different from all the other faiths. The question that really needs to be answered is “Why do you believe in Jesus?”
It’s easy to say how you became a Christian, but it’s a lot more difficult to figure out why you prescribe to the Christian faith.
I believe in Jesus for many reasons and my reasons might be different than your reasons. It’s important to examine your faith because “faith by itself, if it isn’t accompanied by action, is dead” (James 2:17). Just saying you’re a Christian doesn’t make you one. Your faith needs to be accompanied by actions that show you are a true Christian. I can say that I am a huge Justin Bieber fan, but that doesn’t make me one. I have to actually listen to his music and “follow” him to really become a fan. Plenty of people call themselves fans to impress others, but only the true fans act upon their fandom. True Justin Bieber fans have an arsenal of reasons why he is a talented singer in order to defend him when the time arises. Christians are called to go into the world to be witnesses for Christ – to act upon our promise to follow Him. There will be many times where you will have to defend your faith and knowing why you are a Christian will be essential to your defense. Knowing why you are a Christian will help you truly act on your faith so that it is not lifeless.
If you have a hard time understanding why you’re a Christian, try developing your faith further. It’s important to take ownership of you faith. How can you understand your beliefs if you don’t personally own them? Consider this list for ways to help you grow in your spiritual journey:
- Try to read the Bible a little every day. Reading the Bible will help you put God’s words into your heart so that you may have encouragement, knowledge and wisdom for the every day. It will help you both defend your faith and advise you in difficult circumstances.
- Buy a journal and make a point to use it regularly. Write down what God is currently doing in your life. There is so much He does for you! Having this written down will help you see how much God cares for you and your life. This will help you recognize God’s presence in your life better and trust Him more.
- Pray and ask God to show you why it is you believe the Christian faith. Challenge yourself through prayer by asking Him to tell you what He thinks of you. Imagine what He will reveal to you! You’ll be surprised by God’s uplifting and positive view of you, His beloved. He doesn’t have negative or condescending thoughts to hold over your head, and He never will, no matter what we do in life!
- Ask others why they follow Jesus. Being in fellowship with others is important in the Christian walk. By asking other people, you aren’t only helping develop your own faith, but you’re also helping others develop their faith. Many great ideas come from group discussions. One person alone can’t achieve all thought.
Your faith is your own. It’s not your parents’ or your friends’ or your teachers’. Take ownership of it and make it stronger. What do you do that makes your faith your own? Try some of these faith-developing tips and let us know what works for you!