It was one of those beautiful morning, an amazing young man had just joined our office. I was excited, I loved his reasoning, and I enjoyed hearing him share his understanding of the scriptures. On one early morning his curiosity came for me, “Would you still believe in God, if you learnt today that there was no heaven or hell? he asked.
I had always heard this question in many of my social circles, but it was more of a statement. For the first time, it was being posed to me directly?
Though whenever I heard it I couldn’t help but wonder, why? why do we even have to think about this. Are we so burdened by this journey of being blessed to walk-through the grace of God that we think, ‘if only there was no promise of heaven, we would reconsider!’
In that moment my reasons seemed simple, but to me they made the whole difference in my life, my living evolved and still evolves around them. I know that what I get from believing Jesus is so much more, and I choose to enjoy my Friend, Savior and Lord, in the now! I looked to this young man and said, God has given me what the world could never give me. The only reason I get out of bed, and give it a chance it’s because of the hope I find in God, if I was to have it the worldly way, I would probably be lost in depression, or something worse.
I remember my honest, humble answer. Yes, it was! I would still believe in God if there was no heaven or hell. Because to me it is beyond that. I see it in two ways! doing it Gods’ way or the worldly way, having it Gods’ way or the earthly way? And I had/ I have/I still test both, and despite my own weakness, and not having the full picture, I had no doubt that morning, that I want it God’s way. I would still follow Jesus, because life is easier for me God’s way! And maybe on this journey I find myself falling short, and my reasons for believing seem selfish at times, but thank God, and his incredible grace, he knows me, and in my weaknesses – he works in me, until my intentions are aligned to his will for my life!
Yes, I would still choose to believe in Jesus because really everything good that fills my soul is from the believe I have in him, the hope I have in him, in worst times life is bearable because I choose to look to God. I know people that are in situations full of loss, unsettledness, deprived of peace. So, if believing in Jesus brings heaven in my life here on earth, then yes, I would believe in him even if hell wasn’t there. The world each second serves its share of pain and hell right here to the living. And in our search we all choose to hold onto/believe in something that makes life better, joyful, hopeful for us.
If I am to go by the times I fail a day, I would be hiding, no one would want or be brave enough to accept me – more so the me without Jesus Christ, but because of the grace and Love of God given and poured out on me, I am covered, healed and forgiven. I know that I can approach my Savior with confidence, and sometimes with trembling, and he will hold no knife on my neck, rather, he patiently guides me to see my life in a new light, doing better, being better.
OH how I love my peace, my peace of mind, I love Peace! What’s beautiful is that God gives me this peace and stillness – in plenty, it’s who he is, it’s what he gives. The worldly ways are full of chaos, unhealthy noise. So you bet I would still follow Jesus! He perfectly knows what we need, what I need, and he keeps pouring it out. (John 14:27 says, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.)
I would be living an unhealthy, unhappy, hateful life, hating on people, so many people, people that have broken me, used me, but guess what I would be broken more. I would be so unhappy, without knowledge of how not to live without carrying a lot of insane baggage, but there, God comes in and tells me I don’t have to carry that any more, his spirit convicts me of my own flows – so I am able to see what I wouldn’t have with my own eyes, he leads me to the way of forgiveness, so I might live my life joyfully, happy, and freed. He shows me what matters, and walks with me as I build and work not just on my relationship with him, but my relationships with others as well. (Luke 7:47-48 Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.)
Look, I would hold no understanding of the value I have, anyone would be able to set a price tag for/on me, but thank God it isn’t so. His grace that I can only experience through my friend, Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, comes in and shows me how perfect I am, it shows me that I am priceless, his love makes me love myself, and friend – nothing beats a girl who lives knowing that she is loved by God! And the beauty of knowing that I have received the most life changing gifts freely, I am ready to meet others with the same grace of what I have received! (1 Peter 1:18-19 “18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.”)
We live in a world where world success is the order of the day, what do you have in your name? Long CV’s and the rush to achieve this and that has left us so empty, so worried, that we can hardly trace the happy-fulfilling moments we have lived. I surely would be an uncontended person, selfish, and after my own bread, knocking everyone around- to have my way, and I still would be void.
But guess what believing in Jesus comes with a beautiful blessing of contentment, the more I know him, and desire him, the more I am contented and grateful with what he has given me, the more I am able to have sound sleep, the more I am able to face tomorrow with joy and certainty that God holds my future. The more I am able to wake up, do every work he has entrusted me with, with joy, gratitude, and understanding that it’s not about me, but him. The more I get to see winning his way, and understand that whatever he blesses me with, is complete and perfect! And having it the worldly way, is all vanity! 1Timothy 6:6-11 6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.
So still without heaven, Jesus Christ has already given himself for me, he has completely given himself to me, he has withheld nothing good- he has withheld nothing life giving to me! So really, surely, why, why, why wouldn’t I choose my loving, savior all the way!! (Romans 8:32 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?)