First of all I can’t tell you how much I appreciate those of you who took the time and trouble to comment on my recent post, “What does being Christian mean to you?” The things you have all had to say blessed me soo much and I wanted to say a large AMEN at the end of each and everyone. I really hope those of you who wanted to post your own post about this will do so as I would soo love to hear what you think as well. I would set up a Mr. Linkey for this IF I knew how…sigh…but since I don’t I am not sure how to handle it. Just reference it back to one of these posts I guess, so if others want to keep checking for new posts they can. But for now I will “attempt” to answer my own question.
To me being a Christian is both a simple thing, and yet MUCH more complex as well. I think Elaine hit it right on the head when she said…”I think, perhaps, it refers more to the "calling" aspect of being a Christian. To know God and then out of that knowing, lead others to know the same. Pretty simple, but profoundly effective.”
To be a Christian would involve first KNOWING and accepting who Jesus Christ is and what He has done for us; to believe that He was God in the flesh who came to this earth to live the perfect sinless life and then to die on the cross for ALL of our sins; rise then on the third day to conquer and defeat death and open wide the gates to heaven to all who accept this and believe. A simple prayer asking Him to come into your life and save you from what we all deserve is all it really takes to begin your Christian life. That’s it; pretty simple and pretty basic in my opinion. It’s the good news of the gospel. It can’t be done for you. It isn’t the church you belong to, or the faith you were born into. Your parent’s belief won’t save you. It is a very personal thing. And the best part of all? I can never be taken from you. Once you have TRULY believed this in your heart, asked for forgiveness for your sins and repented, and then asked Him personally to do this for you, then you belong for always and ever to Him. You are sealed by His Holy Spirit. He no longer even sees your sins, but rather Christ in you. You have the choice at that point as to rather or not you grow much in your faith or walk, or are ever used much by Him, but your salvation is secure.
Romans 8:38,39 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
But that is just the beginning of “being” a Christian or living a Christian life I believe. At this point you have become a new creation in Him. Your desire should now be to leave your old life style behind and begin a new one full of His power, grace and mercy.
2 Cor 5:17. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
In order to really live that life we must believe that the Bible is the infallible Word of God given to us in order that we might know Him, and what He both desires to give us and how to go about living a life that is pleasing to Him. It is not a list of do’s and don’ts so much as an open love letter to us telling us of His unfailing love for us and for all mankind.
John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
But it is also given to us that we might know what it is that He considers sin so that we might live our lives pleasing to Him.
2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,
Living a Christian life involves becoming involved with others who believe. It means finding a church where His Word is taught, and where worshipping together is something we look forward to with great anticipation. It is knowing that it takes many members working together each bringing their own gifts that produce the fruit in our lives we desire. It is fellowshipping and supporting one another with our struggles and the celebration of our triumphs. It is praying for others and helping to carry their burdens. It is all of this and so much more.
For me, like so many of you, being a Christian is the most important thing in my life. Without Him and His love I am really not much at all. He never fails me. He loves me unconditionally. He fills me with His peace that passes all of our human understanding. He is joy untouchable. He corrects me gently and leads me by His Holy Spirit, Who fills me everyday just by the simple asking. I am definitely NOT perfect. He is that for me. I am definitely NOT sin free. He is that for me too. I try with His power to love all of those around me just as He does and tells us to likewise.
1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.
1 John 4:11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
It is my desire that everyone I know and love would know Him. Know of the salvation that is there for the asking. Would know and experience the power that is ours in the Holy Spirit. That they would come to understand that being Christian does not mean the intolerance of others, the judging of others or the harming of them in any way. It means quite simply, first knowing God, and then striving to be Christ like, and then by being ambassadors for Him.
2 Cor 5:9 I strive to live a life pleasing to Him in all I say and do.
2 Cor. 5:20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God.
I have worked on this on and off for a couple days now and find it is hard to know where and when to stop. Maybe that’s because there is soo much truth to be found and shared within the pages of His Word that I can’t bear to leave anything out. But, I do challenge you to search them for yourself. Find the treasures within that have the power to change your life in a real and profound way. Meet the living God who loves you more than you can imagine.
I do know that It feels like chaos has written a WONDERFUL post about what this all means to her and you can find it HERE. I can't tell you how much I love this sweet gal's blog and her heart for Him is so evident in all she writes. I will do my best to update this as others may write as I just couldn’t bear anyone to miss a thing.
God Bless you all…
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