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how to be a Christian

how to be a Christian

Becoming a Christian and being a Christian are two different things. To become a Christian, we need to believe and confess that God is Supreme and that Jesus is the Savior who died to save us from our sins. We need to acknowledge that Jesus is Lord of all, including our lives. Moreover, we need to repent and turn away from our sins. These are all essential steps to becoming a Christian; however, they don’t explain how to be a Christian. Being a Christian is, primarily, about relationship. God created us to have a relationship with him. That relationship was broken when we sinned, because a holy and just God cannot abide with the slightest impurity. However, in His great love, God provided a way for us to return to His grace. The Way, the Truth and the Life, is Jesus. The sinless Son of Man and God in human form died to take our sins, so we may be forgiven and reunited with God. We should not waste such a great opportunity to return to Him in repentance, surrender and love. When we do turn to Him, we enter into a multi-dimensional relationship with Him.

  1. The Relationship of a Disciple with the Teacher:

    During His time on earth, He was called both a teacher and rabbi.

    He taught God’s Word. At the same time, He is the Word. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). He taught the Word as one with authority, because He did not only know the Spirit of the Word, He is the Spirit. He taught His disciples to love God, one another and others. He taught obedience and mercy. He taught humility, justice and peace. He made disciples, and those disciples continued His work until it reached us. As His disciples, we are to grow in Him by studying and obeying His Word. He also left His disciples the Great Commission: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them inthe name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20). We are to carry on this commission to share the gospel with others and make disciples after His image and likeness.

  2. The Relationship of a Servant with the Lord:

    Jesus is Lord. To Christians, that truth is a cornerstone of our faith. We are His servants to send, command and use. It is for us to go, obey and serve. Many mistakenly think that the only real servants of God are the pastors, ministers, church workers and missionaries. This is not so. Wherever we are and whatever we do, all believing Christians are His servants. Nevertheless, God will not force us. If we obey Him and serve Him with all our hearts in everything we put our hands to, then we are serving Him. In John 15:15, Jesus says He no longer calls us servants, but friends. This implies a level of intimacy and trust, a deepening of the relationship we have with Him. He has opened the way. It is up to us to draw ever closer to Him, or to keep Him at a distance.

  3. The Relationship of a Son with the Father:

    This is the ultimate relationship of all, to be considered the child of the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. The Bible says in John 1:12, “Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.” We are children: loved, protected, nurtured, and cherished. We are heirs: having authority, an inheritance, a legacy and a place in the Father’s house. We are bearers of Jesus’ name and likeness. We are the salt and light of the world, appointed by Him to carry His good news of salvation, and to bring many more sons back into the fold.

These relationships all center on God in the trinity: Father, Son and Spirit; the be-all and end-all of our faith. Being a Christian is about surrounding our wills, our desires and our ambitions for the pleasure and glory of the Father. It is about making His kingdom come and His will be done. It is about becoming more like Him, growing in Christ-likeness, maturing in Him. Jesus said, “Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him." (John 14:21). The basis of all this is love. We show God we love Him through our faith and our obedience. When we keep His Word, we show we love Him. When we love Him, the Father will love us; Jesus also will love us, and reveal Himself to us. The more He reveals Himself, the more we love Him. And so it goes, a complete cycle of love given and reciprocated. This is the greatest truth about how to be a Christian: love.


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