I have internet friends who might stumble upon this blog and who think my overt religiosity is a bit weird and perhaps even unbecoming. This post is for you.
I want to tell you that the essence of Christian teaching is love. The New Testament is pretty clear on this matter. All that stuff about Jesus getting born, dying and rising again . . . it took place because “God loved the world so much!” (John 3:16). Of all the gifts God has given people, “the greatest of all is love.” (I Corinthians 13:13). “God is love” (I John 4:7-8, 16). The very essence of the Creator is that he crafted the universe because the thought of creating us to be his friends gave him pleasure.
God likes you. He wants to be with you. He desires you. He instilled in we humans a longing for companionship and a drive to serve a greater purpose so that we would pursue him and joyfully walk beside him in exploring and enjoying this great work of art called the universe. But sin and suffering exist because only love that involves choice and sacrifice is true love. God wants to be your one true love. And be faithful to you through everything.
I am drawn to God because I have experienced him and felt that love. It actually is an existential, mystical thing. Religion for me started out as an intellectual exercise, but it has transformed into so much more.
As part of that relationship, God has activated in me a heart of compassion that impels me to help cultivate this same kind of joy in others. I cannot explain it all in this one brief post. But I invite you, internet friend, to keep reading. You will see glimpses of the beauty and majesty of God, the love of Jesus Christ, and the heartwarming power of his Spirit. Only by surrendering to our designer does he sweep us off our feet and bring us true self-actualization. That’s why we call this stuff “the gospel” — it is “good news.”
Bren Hughes (M.A., M.Div., J.D.), is a lawyer and former minister who blogs at BrenHughes.com and recently authored Heaven’s Muscle: Unleashing the Power of the Spirit Within You. If this post was meaningful, share it!