After becoming a follower of Christ, I became fanatical about telling everyone I knew what had taken place in my life. One woman at work graciously listened to my salvation story and then responded. “Richard, I can certainly see that you are extremely happy about what has happened to you. But what you need to understand is that I am also extremely happy with my life. I don’t want my life changed in any way. Why can’t you Christians leave us happy heathens alone?”
That sounded exactly like something I would have said to justify my lack of interest in God. Happiness, however, isn’t the primary purpose of life. Our life and labor on earth needs to please and praise the God who created us; the God who has a purpose and plan for each of us. Making Him happy is now my primary pursuit.
The Holy Spirit laid it upon my heart to write this book describing how I, who once considered myself to be a happy heathen, found my way to Jesus. On the road I’ve traveled there have been numerous diversions and I’ve taken some dead end detours. I strongly believe my name should have been recorded somewhere in Scripture to illustrate Romans 5:8: “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
I fully understand what it is like to have absolutely no interest in God, church, or people who attend church. I once felt that reading the Bible was a boring, irrelevant waste of time. I didn’t, however, want to intellectually rule out the possibility some sort of god might exist so I thought of myself as an agnostic rather than an atheist. I claimed neither faith nor disbelief in God. I just didn’t really care one way or the other.
I’ve written this book which describes my Jesus Journey from happy heathen to fully devoted follower, because God has put it on my heart to provide those willing to at least consider the claims of Christ, a concise description of what is involved in the process. This book will describe for you what my life was like before Christ came into it, and what impacted my thinking about God. I will move on to recount some of the changes and challenges that occurred immediately after I made my commitment to become a follower of Christ, and what has occurred during the years following that decision. I will attempt to candidly describe for you both the benefits and requirements associated with what I refer to as “Christ’s Discipleship Deal” in order to provide what you require to make an informed decision.