Why I am a Christian, Part Three
is one thing to choose to follow Christ. It is another thing to
encounter Christ in the midst of following Christ. It is quite another
thing to find that God’s loving agenda is at work and that it is to conform our character more and more towards God’s redeeming love. See Hebrews 12:1-14
Having come as far as I have on the journey of faith following Jesus, I
find more and more, a growing awareness of my humanness and my human
flaws. And I find a growing gratitude in my heart for God’s redeeming
grace to challenge, correct, redeem, and refine my character. I continue
to watch my capacity to love grow, and I look back and perceive how
hardhearted I was in the past, even as I know that God continues to work
in me in the present. This action of God that continues to work in me
and on me is more persuasive than any argument for or against faith
because I know, that because of my choices and God’s work in me and my
character, that I belong to God.
I am a Christian because of God’s redemptive power at work in me, for which I am eternally grateful.