What does it mean to be a Christian? There are many who call themselves Christians based upon where they were born, where they go to church, or because they checked a box on a form asking what religion they were. Christianity, as defined by popular culture, is one of three “great” religions of the world, among which are also Judaism and Islam. Does the fact that our parents are Christians, or that they took us to church make us Christian? These things can certainly influence us to become a Christian, but we are not Christians because of external relationships. We are Christians because we have had a change of heart.
The word Christian means “little Christ”, and was first applied to believers as a derogatory term that was later embraced as a badge of honor. Jesus emphasized a relationship with God that was based upon internal change. He told Nicodemus “I tell you the truth: you must be born again.” The essence of Christianity is not a code of conduct applied from the outside in, but a change on the inside that demonstrates itself by outward change in our lives.
LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE
f we are Christians, we should lead different lives than those who don’t know Jesus. We should embrace the truth of the Word of God and not allow ourselves to “go with the flow” of pop culture. Do we look to Hollywood to determine our standards of morality, or to a Holy God who lives in us and gives us a Bible-based sense of right and wrong? Jesus expectations of us were made clear when He said “So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say?” (Luke 6:46) Christians are not those who wear a label imposed on them, but those who willingly obey the Word of God that causes the world to take notice. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matt 5:16)
I’m looking forward to seeing you this Sunday. Prayer starts at 9:30 am, followed by our service at 10:00. Charge up your battery with Worship and the Word, and let your light SHINE!