Excerpt from a conversation in my head:
“Anybody who believes in anything must wonder about life… why we’re here, what we’re here for, where we’re gonna end up. I guess that means the most important questions surround the end game.”
So then I asked myself: “What’s the end game of Christianity?” And I realized, the end game of Christianity… is love.
“The end game of Christianity is to love anyone and everyone. To love your neighbor more than yourself, and to love your enemy more than your neighbor. The righteous commission of every God-fearing believer is to share the good news about Christ with every soul we come into contact with. The fact that in Christ, we’re no longer sinners but saints.”
I learned an important lesson lately, one that checks both guilt and pride simultaneously: “Nothing we do can ever change our standing with God.”
“No matter the good, no matter the bad, nothing changes the overwhelming amount that he loves us. No good deed can earn God’s love; it’s a gift given out of pure grace. And regardless of any evil deed, any impure thought, any deplorable act, Jesus has forgiven us.”
“He took every sin we ever committed, and every one we’ve yet to commit, and he took them upon his shoulders to the grave. God willingly gave his Son, as much as it hurt him. Jesus willingly confronted death, as much as it pained him. And he died in our stead.”
But he died…
“He did. But death couldn’t hold him. After three days, Christ burst forth, with freedom in hand. Freedom from sin, from old laws, and most importantly, from death! And when the time comes for him to return, all who call on his name will be wiped clean, and blessed by spending eternity with him in heaven.”
And Christianity, unlike other religions, wants to see every soul saved. Jesus loves every single person… enough to forgive them, enough to die for them, and enough to invite them into his everlasting kingdom.
“But it’s our own choice whether to accept his gifts: Mercy. Redemption. Life. Love.”
That’s where we circle back. That’s why we have a purpose. To share this message, this good news, this gospel, with the world. Every soul needs and deserves to know that God loves them, and desperately wants to forgive them.
“It’s nice to be reminded that I have a purpose.”