On Being Christian

Greetings in Christ,

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure. 1 John 3:1–3 

What does it mean to be a Christian?  This is not a new question for it has been on the lips of those who follow Jesus since He first called His disciples to become fishers of men.  It is not new, but it is critical for us to ask of ourselves.  What does it mean to be a Christian?  

We begin with the truth that we are children of God.  We belong to God, body, mind and spirit.  There is no part of our lives that is separate from Him.  This then shapes how we live our lives, the choices we make and our relationship to the rest of the world.  

We become people who ask of each word we speak, each action we take, every day of our lives, how this might give glory to God and be a blessing to our neighbors.  We do not achieve all at once, rather it is a day by day activity, a daily dying and rising in Christ so that my old sinful nature may die and the new self be raised in Christ.  

To be a Christian means that we take seriously the call to follow Christ day by day, to offer our lives to Him in all that we do so that we become a living witness to His love at work in the world

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