Benefits of Christianity: Benefits of the Christian Life
Here are ten precious gifts from God to those who trust in Jesus Christ
See also God’s Promises to You
The Bible says that belief and total trust in Christ is not an optional extra! It says most people never really find the right path in life simply because they reject life lived with Christ. Jesus said:
“Enter [life] through the narrow gate [Himself]; for the gate [of the world] is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small [Christ is the only true way] and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14)
Put simply: the benefits of Christianity (following Christ) are immense and life-changing.
1. Reconciliation, Forgiveness and Freedom
Of the many benefits of Christianity, the most important is reconciliation with God our Creator. God promises forgiveness for following the wrong path in life. We have all done this and we need to be reconciled to God and re-directed. We need freedom from a troubled conscience, freedom from wrong thought and actions against God and against our fellow man.
This gift leads to real freedom in life – something we have never yet experienced. In short, a fresh start. Jesus died a painful death to reconcile each one of us to God. All we have to do is come to God our Father in prayer through Jesus His Son, acknowledge our wrong ways, and let the living Jesus be Lord of our lives.
(John 8:36 – Acts 13:39 – Acts 16:31 – Romans 3:10,23 – Colossians 1:22 – Hebrews 10:19-22)
2. Assurance that God knows us and Cares for us
From birth to death, God knows all our thoughts and all our actions. God assures us of His unfailing love for us, and of everlasting life going beyond physical death.
(Deuteronomy 33:27 – Psalm 34:15 – Psalm 139:1-18 – John 3:16 – John 14:23 – Romans 8:38-39)
3. A Reliable Friend
Once on the right path in life, God (our Father in heaven) becomes our most reliable friend. Once on the true path we walk with God and His risen Son Jesus Christ through life, death, and beyond. He never leaves us. He is completely reliable. Through prayer we can have an intimacy with God the Father even to the point of respectfully calling Him ‘Dad’!
(John 14:23 – Mat 28:20 – Matthew 6:6 – Romans 8:15 – Hebrews 10:19)
4. Freedom from Fear and a Healthy Awesome Fear of God
God gives us freedom from fear: fear of loneliness, fear of man, fear of death, fear of hell. Once on the narrow but correct path in life God gives us an awe and reverence (many translations call it ‘fear’) for Him which we never had before. We start to recognise the one true God.
(Matthew 10:28-31 – Rom 8:15 – Hebrews 2:14-15 – Revelation 4)
5. A True Aim and Purpose in Life
God will give us a new and extraordinary aim in life; namely, to know Him (the Father) and His Son Jesus Christ whom He sent. In doing this we glorify, love and serve God, and love and serve our fellow man. This starts now and goes on past death into everlasting life.
(Isaiah 43:7 – Matthew 10:39 – John 10:10 – John 17:3)
6. Inner Peace and Joy
God gives us an inner stillness and a peaceful spirit in the midst of noise, turmoil and life’s natural stresses.
(John 14:27 – John 15:11 – Philippians 4:6-7 – Colossians 3:15 – 1 John 1:4)
7. Strength, Power and Steadfastness
God will give us the extraordinary ability to live a stable, God-centred life, and extraordinary strength and power when circumstances dictate it.
( Deuteronomy 8:9 – Psalm 46:1 – Isaiah 40:29-31 – John 14:12 – Matthew 7:24-25)
8. Knowledge, Understanding and Wisdom
I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else [C. S. Lewis]
God gives us His ‘Spirit of truth’ to provide us with knowledge, understanding and wisdom about the world around us. The Spirit reveals truths about major issues in life (purpose, morality, destiny etc.) and the reasons behind certain major world events. He also gives the ability to discern truth and error and to recognise deception. Such understanding is unavailable to those on the wrong path in life.
(Proverbs 9:10 – Luke 21:15 – John 14:16-17,26)
9. God’s Guidance along Life’s Path
Many believers would say that God’s guidance through life is one of the most practical benefits of Christianity. Life is complex. How do we know the right decisions in life? For those who trust in Jesus, the indwelling Holy Spirit guides us at those difficult times in life – we are not alone. He gives us Godly wisdom to know the right thing to do. He opens the right door and closes the wrong one if we acknowledge Him in our plans.
(Psalm 32:8 – Psalm 37:5,23 – Proverbs 16:3,9 – Proverbs 20:24)
10. A Healthy Body and Mind
Our health suffers when we worry or cover up our wrong actions. But once on the correct path in life there is often a physical spin-off. Our bodies can benefit from improved health, and even dramatic healing can occur when we put our faith in Him and use His authority over sickness.
(Psalm 31:9-10 – Psalm 32:2-4 – Proverbs 3:7-8 – Proverbs 15:30 – Acts 9:34 – James 5:14-15)