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I Am A Christian-So-What Does That Mean?
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What does it mean to be a Christian? Our society is full of people professing to be Christians, but sometimes I wonder if they actually know the true meaning. It seems many have been misguided, believing that good deeds or compassion for others may qualify them to be a Christian. When we look at the true meaning, we will see what being a Christian really means and what it takes to be one.

The word Christian seems to be misused today as a general term for goodness, covering but not limited to; being a good person, going to church or helping the less fortunate. It is as though being humane and decent qualifies them. Although, all these qualities are found in a Christian they are not what defines a Christian. The real definition of a Christian means that you profess your belief in Jesus as Christ and that you follow the religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus. It is also described as being Christ like, which means manifesting qualities or the spirit of Jesus. In essence this means taking on the nature of Jesus and doing as He did. A Christian is someone who has decided to entrust their life to Jesus Christ. A Christian trusts Christ for forgiveness of sin, to be in right standing before God, and for guidance in life.

To be a Christian you must receive the free gift of salvation (be born again) through Jesus Christ. When we are born again the Holy Spirit will come to live inside of us, to help and guide us on our daily walk as we follow Jesus’ example. We realize that this is a lifelong process and we will not finish it until we become perfect in heaven, but we should be striving everyday to become more like Christ. God’s purpose for us is to mold us to be like Jesus. When we are walking in the spirit we will find ourselves wanting to be pleasing to our God because His spirit is in us.

Without the Holy Spirit living on the inside of us we are fooling ourselves to an idea that cannot be. When we are not walking in the spirit it is impossible to be a Christian.

You may be a good person and go to church, as you may help the less fortunate and treat people fairly and that is great and admirable. But at the end of the day, that is what it is. In reality, Christ makes a Christian.

Therefore, only Jesus Christ can make a person a Christian.


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