“What religion are you?”
70% percent of America would answer Christian if asked what religion they are. What if we asked them what that meant? Most would probably say that they believe in God. Some might even give the Sunday School answer, sharing about a salvation experiance. However, by definition – are they really Christians?
What does it mean to be a Christian?
The definition of of a Christian in the Greek was “Little Christ”. The meaning implies that the people that were first called Christians in Acts 11 at the church of Antioch were acting like little versions of Christ. However, when we look at Christians today, that is not what we see when people call themselves Christians.
Being a Christian means being Christ like. It means surrendering our lives to Christ. It is more than salvation – it is living it out, and making it a reality. It means when people see you – they see Christ.
Not many take the name Christian literally. Honestly, there are some that don’t even want to associate the name Christian with Christ.
Yet, for some of us -we truly want to be a Christian. Not just saved – but to know Christ and to make Him known.
What does that mean? How then, do we actually live out the name Christian?
Living Out the Name Christian
In order to live out the name Christian – we have to live like Christ. We have to be a “little Christ” here on earth. What does that look like?
- We have to be about the Father’s Business- The whole time on Earth, Christ was about the Father’s business. When he was just a boy, he got seperated from His parents. They looked and looked for him. When they finally found Him, He was in the Temple. He told them that He had to be about His Father’s Business? What is God’s businesss here on the earth? It is simple – to draw worshipers to His name. God’s whole plan for man kind is that we would worship Him. In our sinful state, we are separated from God. God didn’t want us to be separated -so He sent Jesus. Jesus lived a perfect life, and went to the cross, and rose again, so we could know Him. He told everyone He met about the Father, and that God was in the process of redemption. We are to be about the Father’s business too. We are to be out telling others about Christ. If we call ourselves Christians – we should be telling others about Christ.
- Discipleship – The Great Commission didn’t stop at salvation. God doesn’t want us just to have people come to salvation. He then wants a relationship. A healthy relationship requires communication and fellowship. As we are going, we need to be sure that we are having fellowship with God through His Word and Prayer. Then, we need to be encouraging and equipping others to have that kind of relationship with Christ. Not just a ticket out of hell – but a life long relationship.
- Giving – Jesus was constantly giving to others while He was on this earth. We are left here to minister to others. We need to be sure we are giving of our time, talents and resources (and yes, that means money) to the Lord and His Kingdom work. Jesus was constantly pouring Himself out for others. Although it is important to take time to rest- we need to be sure we are not just resting, but we are giving.
- Taking Care of those in need- Two people groups are mentioned over and over in the New Testament when it comes to serving- the widows and the orphans. God has a special place in ministry for those that can not care for themselves. We need to be careful if we think we can’t help these two people groups.
Here is a Periscope I did on Acts Chapter 11
What about you? Are you really living out the name Christian? Are you acting like Christ? What does it mean to you to live like Christ? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments!
Worshiping With My Life,