It wouldn’t be right to create a blog without answering, ‘Why?’
I read blogs. Lots of them. Mostly about Christ, church, how to serve God’s people, and how to reverse the thinking that it’s all about us when it’s really all about Jesus. I had a couple of blogs in the past, far back in the early days of the blogsphere when Myspace was cool and you couldn’t yet get rich from spilling your creative sarcasm all over the web. I enjoy writing and I honestly feel that God’s gifted me with the ability to write well.
That immediately seems like a bold statement, rich with narcissism. It probably is.
In fact, I know it is. I know there is selfishness in blogging. Nothing we do is entirely pure in motive. There is, in everything we do, at least a drop of self-centeredness and conceit.
Therein lies the reason I don’t want to start a blog. I want to stay away from impure motives and selfishness. There is something inherently egotistical about blogging, isn’t there? To be presumptuous enough to even start one seems to shout from the rooftops, ‘Look at me!’
As a follower of Jesus, I want to be humble. I want to always be in the background and put Christ in the front. I want to give Him the glory, Him the fame, Him the credit. If all this is true, why then would I blog? Why then would I create something that says, ‘Listen to what I have to say’!
Why would I even want you to read this?
Because I am a follower of Christ. I know that my sin and my foolishness separated me from the God who created me and no amount of religious service and fortitude can return me to God’s side. I know that short of God wooing me to Himself, I have no way to desire Him, to long for Him. I know that the only way I can love God is to know that He loved me first and he sent Jesus to make a way back to Him. I know that it’s only His grace that gives me the faith to believe in Jesus. I know in that, I am rescued.
Because I want you to listen to me. By the grace of God, I know me. I know the fool I’ve been and still am. I know the games I’ve played with sin. I know that I’ve pursued everything that the world says I should pursue, and nothing satisfied me. I know that the only thing that fills my heart with joy is Christ. I know the deep desire to be fully satisfied and exactly what it’s like to be left wanting.
Because it’s not all about me. I know that for years I believed that I had to earn God’s approval through my good behavior. For years I felt that the Bible was written to show me how to act so that God would love me. I know that I felt that if I behaved well, God owed me good things. I know that one day God opened my eyes through dark and horrific circumstances to the fact that my life, His Bible, and this world, are not all about me. They are all about Him.
So, look at me. A sinner, a fool. Saved in and from sin and foolishness by a loving God.
I want to do the work of pointing you directly to Jesus and He can do the work of changing your heart. I can’t change your heart. You can’t change your heart. That is God’s job.
So, this is my answer, this is ‘Why’. I’m writing this blog to tell you about the God of the universe. The God who fashioned your every part and who intimately knows you. The God who loves you, even in your sin. The God of the Bible, who formed every moment to point to His rescue of us through Christ.
I’m writing this blog because I know who God is; I deeply desire that you do too.