You’re Not Christian

Acts 11:25-26

(25) Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul:
(26) And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.

While in meditation on the weekend of September 13 the Lord spoke to me these words, “are you sure you’re a Christian?” And then I thought for a second, if I’m not Christian, then what am I?

The Lord then reminded me of the scripture above and how a year or so ago I had heard that the term Christian wasn’t something the disciples called themselves, but was a derogatory term used by those in the world. The disciples gladly accepted the intended insult, because it associated them and their character with that of Christ. Something for which they were not ashamed. (Romans 1:16)

But that was then and them, and this is now and me, so I reflected on myself and whether the same would be said of me. Do others see me as a Christian? I’m not sure…I know I tell people I am, but would they come to that conclusion on their own? Hmmmmm?

I wanted to be sure so I searched the scriptures and here are some things that I found:

  • Only disciples were called Christians (see above)
  • Not all believers are disciples (Acts 5:12-14)
  • Christians (disciples) preach the gospel and God honours their preaching with signs and wonders (Acts 5:15-16)
  • Christians aren’t afraid to suffer and are not ashamed of the gospel (1 Peter 4:16)

Keep in mind that we’re all in the process, at various stages, in the timeline of walking out our beliefs, so don’t feel condemned. Rather, strive even more to hit the mark and come into the fullness of the image of Christ. Allow God’s word to have its full course in your life.

Prayer: Father, I desire to be more like you and your dear son. I desire to make my life count for your name’s sake. Give me the strength, patience and endurance to finish the race as Paul did. Lord as I go forth as a witness in word and deed, honour your gospel with signs and wonders. Amen.

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