Saturday, November 29, 2008

What Does It Mean to be a Christian?

Don’t give your literal definition of the word, really think about it.
Try to look past the horrible examples which have been set before you.
Try not to let the subversive Christians you've encountered, impact the perfection the Lord embodies.

Think about the sacrifices, think about the humility, think about the lifestyle, think about the love – think about the word's connotation.
From my actions, I can tell you what others may think it means…
”Oh, well it must mean indulging in your most basic desires without going 'too far'.”
“It must mean doing any- and everything except killing people, stealing, etc; you know, anything for which you could possibly be imprisoned.”
“Maybe it means appearing to be nice and sweet to others, while doing whatever you’d like behind closed doors.”
“Or maybe it means going to church, and participating in other religious activities, while still maintaining the entirety of your own individualism.”

In reality, being a Christian is something completely different.
Being a Christian means living love.
It means loving humanity enough to sacrifice yourself, your lifestyle, and your possessions, to draw those who are lost.
Being a Christian means making the ultimate sacrifice.
It doesn’t necessarily mean forsaking what distinguishes you from everyone else, but it does mean using those distinctions to serve God.
Ultimately, it is redefining the value you have as a person – trading what the world values in and about you for what God deems invaluable in and about you.

Now, beyond defining 'being a Christian', the true task is living it.

3 comments:

~hon~ said...

First of all, thank you for following my blog. Thank you for the comment. I really appreciate it.

I very much love this post! I have talked to some of my friends and the hindrances they have in having a relationship with GOD are the Christians who failed to live by example.

When everything else fails, we focus on GOD. When we look at people, we stumble.

I completely agree on this post. Don't stop posting here. I am definitely following this post.

Thank you for being a Christian friend, Leslie. You are a blessing to me. GOD BLESS YOU ABUNDANTLY! P.U.S.H.

~hon~ said...

Oh no...what I meant is that "When we look at people, we may stumble so focus your eyes on JESUS."

And...I am definitely following your blogs!

Gotta correct myself. hehehe!

Romans 12:2 said...

Thanks for following my blog. This is very well written. I agree with you, but I think you skipped the simplicity of what it really means to be a CHRISTian. Christians can be defined by what we do with others, but it's really about what we do with Christ that really counts. Do we accept Him, or deny Him as Lord and Savior? Don't misunderstand me, I agree that a Christian should be loving (1 Corinthians 13) but I also believe our trust in Christ is what really defines us. Great post. - Bob

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