We have a tendency to, at the moment of salvation, start referring to someone as a Christian. But is belief what truly makes us a Christian? Belief in Jesus as the Son of God, born of a virgin, having died and then raised to life is what makes us born again, but it is not what makes us a Christian.
First let’s look what being a Christian really is:
CHRISTIAN: A real disciple of Christ; one who believes in the truth of the Christian religion, and studies to follow the example, and obey the precepts, of Christ.
Believing and praying a prayer doesn’t make us Christians. Everything we say and do after will make that determination.
But salvation isn’t about works! Salvation is about one work—the one Jesus did on the cross. But our Christianity is all about works.
Just as the body is dead without a spirit, so also faith is dead without good deeds.
James 2:26 (NLT)
Our faith isn’t faith at all if we don’t do something about it.
So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and steady, always enthusiastic about the Lord’s work, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.
1 Corinthians 15:58 (NLT)
We are all labelled by who we are and what we do. You have a first name—that makes you an individual. You have a last name—that makes you part of a family. You may have a job title—that indicates your employment. You may have a designation—that indicates your education. Using the title of Christian should be a determination of how you live your life. And the crazy thing about being called a Christian is that, if you have to tell someone that’s what you are, you probably aren’t.
If you love each other, all men will know you are My followers.
John 13:35 (NLT)
Our works and actions as Christians shouldn’t be to show people that’s what we are. They should be an outward reflection of an inward change. Both love and works have to be involved or both are empty. You need faith to be a Christian and the works of faith need love or they are useless.
We are accountable to one person—God. Our faith, our love, our works should all come into line with what He has instructed us in His word and the direction He has given to each of us individually. It is not our responsibility to make it all work, but to do as we have been called to do in the manner in which we’ve been called.
Work hard and cheerfully at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.
Colossians 3:23 (NLT)
Are you just a believer or are you a Christian, too?
Daily Bible reading: Proverbs 11-12, 1 Corinthians 15:33-58