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Professor Ken Elzinga answers the question: If your life is going great, why should you bother with Jesus?
Why do you need God if you’ve got it made? What if you are in good health, you have a great marriage or romantic relationship, and you excel in your career? What if you have lots of friends, your children are healthy, cute and compliant? What if you have enough money to be comfortable and life is generally going well?
Why should you bother with Jesus?
You may know that if you become a Christian, you’ll have to do things like pray and go to church and read the Bible. It might change your sex life and you relationships. Perhaps you’ll have to hang around with people that you really don’t like very much, who think they’re perfect and speak in a foreign vocabulary. You might even have to give away some of your money rather than spend it on yourself.
Do you think like this? Or do you know anyone who thinks like this? If you’re not a follower of Jesus you may not believe this, but Christians have these same thoughts and concerns.
If you’ve had these thoughts, it shows you have some understanding of the Christian faith. Because it’s true if you follow Jesus, it will affect your prayer life, it will affect your sex life, it will affect how you spend your time and money and maybe even the job you choose.
So why would you ever make such a choice? Because it can free you from the fear of failure.
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Professor Ken Elzinga first gave this talk at the University of Virginia at an event hosted by Agape Christian Fellowship on October 13, 2005.
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