Admittedly, this is a tough topic to tackle in a short article! There are many definitions (along with many debates) concerning what it means to be a Christian. I won’t devote the time and space to such an endless discussion!
Of course, the best place that we can go to consider such a subject is the Word of God. Again, there are many things emphasized and taught in the Bible about this matter! Really, however, what it means to be a Christian can be summarized into two main things-faith in Christ and following Christ.
First, consider faith in Christ. Understand that faith is essential for the Christian. It’s where it all starts. But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him-Heb. 11:6. So, basically being a Christian is about believing that God exists and that you are NOT wasting your efforts in reaching for Him. Rather, you are confident that He will help you because you asked.
In addition, being a Christian is about believing in Who He is and What He has done. Scripture depicts Him as the Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29). It goes on to say thatGod sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved (John 3:17). Being a Christian is about believing personally that He is the One Who takes away your sins! Being a Christian is about believing that He didn’t come to condemn you, but to save you!
Second, consider following Christ. Scripture speaks of walking in newness of life (Rom. 6:4). Becoming a Christian points to a new, different, and better way of living. Such an “exclusive” statement has merit when you consider that being a Christian is about following the example of Jesus Christ (I Pet. 2:21). Pick up a Bible. Read about Jesus. There’s never been another so noble as He! What a Model to follow! This is exactly how the Christian feels. It’s not a “drag” or a “bother” to follow Jesus. Instead, it is the privilege of one who loves Him! (John 14:15, I Pet. 2:7). So, a Christian boldly and voluntarily takes up his cross and follows (Mt. 16:24, Mk. 8:34, 10:21, Lk. 9:23)!
Obviously, much more could be said, more study could be made, more opinions could be gathered. Yet, I must eliminate all of that and ask have you put your faith in Christ? Are you following Him every day? These are questions that demand an answer and that require a decision. It’s my earnest hope and prayer that you say “yes!” today.
Pastor Micah PerryPosted by Pastor Micah Perry on Aug.23, 2017