Why “This is Real”

I’ve titled my blog site “This is Real” for a three main reasons.

1. In honest confession,  there are parts of the gospel or Bible that I doubt and struggle with. Sometimes, I leave philosophy classes and think, “What if I’m all wrong?” Other times, I’m praying and I start to think that I’m talking to a ceiling and not to my heavenly Father. And then other times, I realize how much my life is really founded on the Bible and fear, “What if this isn’t the Word of God?” I relate so much to Paul in 1 Corinthians 15 where he says,

 “But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain…And if Christ  has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins…If in this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.”

If this isn’t real, then I am wasting my life. I’m well aware of that. However, everyone is “all in” with something be that a career, family, spirituality, popularity, logic, morals, or something else. Everyone has a foundation – mine is Jesus. And I believe that out of every foundation This is Real. This one will hold up. So often late at night or in the middle of the day I tell myself “this is real”  to remind myself that living surrendered to Jesus requires my whole life, yet is also the only thing that is worth my whole life.

2. On the other side, there are times when I am so filled with joy that I have to remind myself that I’m living in reality. That my life is real. Knowing Jesus brings more meaning, purpose, joy, and freedom than anything else – and at times I am astounded by this! I literally am so awestruck that I have to tell myself that this grace is real and it is exactly what I’m designed to experience.

3. Lastly, it is a great aim of mine to show Jesus as relevant in one’s life and in my own. It is so easy to see Jesus as a good idea and not actually experience (or even expect) intimacy. Jesus is viewed as a good teacher, a mysterious God-like man, a homeboy, and many other things – rarely is someone captured by Jesus in their day-to-day, moment by moment life. I hope to show God as having a real, practical presence in one’s life. There is almost nothing more worshipful to me than to see God’s hand in my life and say “this is real.”

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