Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Reflections From the Chaplain — Why Jesus?

 

WHY JESUS?

“…always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.”
— 1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)

Why have you chosen Jesus and the Christian “Way?” Perhaps it was the only option you were presented with as a child. “Jesus loves me this I know, for my mama told me so…” That’s the way most of us came to faith. But, once we are a bit further along in life and have seen other options, why do we still choose Jesus? Have you thought about that?

What is your “elevator speech?” An elevator speech is the time available in those sixty seconds or so that it takes to ride an elevator (or lift) from ground level to the 9th floor. That may be all the time you have to share your story. Or it may be a casual conversation between stops on the underground. You get the point. Have you prepared your own personal “elevator speech”? Are you ready to follow through with I Peter 3:15? Is your response believable?

Deep Relationship

It is said that actions are driven by emotions. Emotions are driven by perceptions. Perceptions are driven by belief. And the human mind can believe ANYTHING. So, there is a connection between belief and actions. Belief can cause a person to give their life in the service of others. It can also cause a religious “true believer” to blow themselves up in a suicide bombing. Your behavior more times than not gives away your belief. Do your actions, your behavior reflect a deep-seated relationship with Jesus? If not, it may suggest that belief is not really present.

So, I ask you this week to share with us your “elevator speech” as to why you have chosen Jesus.

Blessings and peace,

Chaplain Kenny

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