Are You Really a Christian?
Posted on June 23, 2015
Many, many people will almost begrudgingly "admit" they are a Christian when asked. I'm talking about people who, in actuality, are not really believers in any Biblical sense. I'm talking about people who are decent people who know what's right, but really have no real idea of what it means to be a Christian.
They'll hesitatingly say, "Er...yeah...sure, I'm a Christian." That's what they feel obligated to say. They know it's a good thing, and it's the right thing to be - but they never cared enough to investigate the claims of Christ, read the Bible, or even think about the implications of claiming belief in Him in everyday life on an ongoing basis.
It might be because culturally they feel expected to claim the label of "Christian". It might be due to family pressure - or what they fear their family would think of them if they didn't say they were Christian. Sometimes, it could be because they want someone else to accept them - such as a potential romantic interest, friend, or group of friends.
In practical terms, Christianity means nothing to them.
To these people - Christianity is not an every-day way of life. At best, it's an investment of a few hours a year when they attend a church service on Christmas, on Easter, and maybe on another special family occasion. It's a label to claim for themselves when asked to provide some sort of "religious affiliation", just because its the most familiar.
If any of this sounds familiar to you, reader, you need to examine yourself. Be honest with yourself. And make a decision about what you believe.
Are you really a Christian? Can you honestly claim the name of Christ, even though you must admit you don't know Him at all? Can you honestly claim that you are relying on Jesus the Messiah - and nothing else - as your salvation? Do you count God as your authority and as your Father? Does His Word move you to action?
Or, are of the things of God just an occasional thing you have to deal with? Do you just think of God on the few occasions when you have to? Is God's will something you rarely (or never) consider? What does life even mean, to you?
Surely you can see the contrast in the possible answers to these questions. You know if you're a saved, believing Christian - or not.
If you're not a Christian, but you want to be, decide to place your faith in Jesus Christ now.
"...now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation." 2 Corinthians 6:2
"But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name." John 20:31
"But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:" John 1:12
It's only once you receive Christ that you can really be a Christian.