What Is a Christian?
Christianity means that a person has a goal, a name, a purpose, a friend, an influence and a bright future. To be a Christian, in the Bible use of the word, means that I am free, forgiven, happy, anchored, urgent and concerned for others. To follow the Lord is the only way to walk the sands of time on the road to glory. Any other emphasis in life falls short of full joy and depth. There are personal relationships that exist between the Lord and His loyal friends. Notice the following terms that form the epitome of what it means to be a Christian.
A Christian Is a Soldier
In a stirring battle with Satan we militantly use the “sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Eph. 6:17) as we fight the good fight of faith against spiritual wickedness in high places. To be sure, this is not carnal combat with physical weaponry, but it is mighty toward God (2 Cor. 10:5) and is capable of making friends for the Lord out of former enemies. Christianity has the power to bring peace to nations, families and individuals. These words remind us of this truth:
Sometimes God calms the raging storm.
Sometimes He lets the storm rage
And calms His child.
A Christian is a Saint
The people of the Lord are pure, holy and distinctive, as Jesus said: “Ye are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world” (John 15:19). The word “saint” means “One set apart, for a holy purpose.' Christians are 'set apart' for the Master's cause (1 Pet. 2:9). A Christian will not allow the world to deter him from his march toward heaven. He will be the light of the world and not permit darkness to arrest his progress in spiritual commitment.
A Christian is a Disciple
A pupil, a learner one who adheres to the mandates of his teacher that is what it means to follow Jesus (John 8:31; 15:8). The power and purpose of discipline is an undergirding virtue of the gospel system. Without it we would only have chaos in Christianity. Rev. 3:19 proves that God uses chastening as an act of love designed to make us better people as we correct our lives to better serve the Savior. Easy street is the broad avenue that many compromisers seek. It takes real effort to be a disciple of Christ. We should never forget the maxim, “Some people had rather pray for forgiveness than fight temptation.” Too many people reject the value of discipline by always following the line of least resistance.
A Christian is a Fellow-Laborer
Paul reminded the Christians at Corinth that they were co-workers with the Creator (1 Cor. 3:9). Paul elaborates on this association, “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure” (Phil. 2:12-13). To serve the Redeemer is life’s grandest relationship. We glory in the cross (Gal. 6:14) as we partake in the glory of saving souls and edifying the brethren. “Success is not a destination, it is a road.”
As long as we live, there will be wonderful work for us to do in the name of Jesus. To be a follower of the Man of Calvary makes our days meaningful and productive.
0 land of rest for thee I sigh,
When will the moment come
When I shall lay my burden down And dwell in peace with thee.
What is Christianity? It is truly the only life that counts for time and eternity. May we pursue this magnificent obsession with the zest and gratitude it so richly deserves. The hope of the gospel should motivate us to pursue a closer walk with God as we work with Him in His purpose. - Johnny Ramsey, via Gospel Minutes, July 17, 1991.
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