Where we start doesn’t matter.
I can understand why people turn to religion for answers. I can see why someone would desperately stretch their hands to anything that promises help, meaning, purpose and satisfaction.I do not need to state the tales of my life or many I know. For there are all kinds of reasons that at first lead us to church only the promise of Jesus is far greater than what we would imagine we ever needed.
The true reality
Though we may come to him looking for answers, meaning, wealth, health, purpose… in this life, he gives us more than that; eternal life. When the world promises you happiness at 40 after years of toiling and wasting you youthful years, Christ promises joy in eternal life that makes the struggle and pain of this life feel like a minute fraction of a second in millions of years (Mark 10:29-30).
When some promise you love that demands everything only to realise how short-lived or even destructive it can be, Jesus starts by assuring you that he has loved you with an everlasting love and has died for you when you were most least lovable that you may be with him forever (see Rom 5:8, Jer 31:3).
When men preach wealth, health, children…only to rob you your little resources and joy, Jesus in his Word assures you abundant life overflowing to eternal life in his glorious kingdom where all your tears will be wiped away and no harm will come to you in his holy mountain (see Rev 21:4, John 10:10).
And when the world seeks legacy, to make a name that soon is forgotten, God says I will give them an everlasting name that will endure forever; a memorial better than sons and daughters, a name written in the one and only book of life (see Isaiah 56:5, Luke 10:20).
And most assuredly unlike the words of men that change by season, politicians who lie in public or those that promise what they cannot give, Jesus words are true, unchanging and eternally valid; even more his Word is life (John 6:63, psalms 33:6, Hebrews 11:3, Mark 13:31).
Benefits outweigh the cost
In a few words; his promises are too great than we can comprehend, going beyond time to life eternal. Nothing in this world can be equalled with what Jesus has in store for those who trust and believe in him. In addition his Word is true and his plans cannot be thwarted. This makes the cost (Mark 8:31-38) almost insignificant as a minute fraction of a millennia, a little drop in an ocean not forgetting the assurance of Jesus walking with you to the end (Matt 28:20). Think of it, even if you cried all your life now, a single second in eternal joy is worth forgetting it all and the joy never ends.
It’s worth everything
You may say, too good to be true but Jesus in the Gospels and through the apostles doesn’t leave you with that option. Why in a million years would you say no to such a deal? And if you are still not sure of it, isn’t it worth all the time to investigate? I pray and beseech you even in tears to consider this if you wonder what’s in for Christians. And if you are a Christian, rejoice in this promise with unwavering commitment amidst struggles now and don’t settle for the small false promises of false gospel preachers beside the true and only Gospel of Christ.