Veronica Campbell | Photo by Engin Akyurt
We throw around the word “Christian” like it’s going out of fashion. But what does it really mean to be a Christian?
So many people will say, “I’m a ‘Christian’ because I know Jesus”. But does knowing Jesus makes you a true Christian? The devil knows Jesus more than anyone else, he has seen him, he has dwelled with him, yet he is doomed to an eternity of darkness and suffering.
Yes, acknowledging the fact that you are a Christian and believing in Jesus is one thing. To truly be a follower of Christ, you have to accept Him as your Lord and personal Savior. But this should be reflective in you, living a sacrificial life, by applying the Bible to your everyday walk, loving others with a Christ-like love.
In understanding the journey of being a follower of Jesus in its totality, you will encounter the joys and sufferings, but to fully trust God with your whole heart and be led by His Spirit as you carry out His will is what it truly means to be a Christian.
The Bible says in Matthew 7:21 (KJV) “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” When you decided to pursue a career, have you asked God if it was His will? Did you ask God about that relationship before you jumped in?
When we ask everyone first before God, and then come to Him when everything goes belly up, how can we say that we have a true relationship with Him? Many of us will be so surprised to those who will not make it to heaven. Also sometimes, we no longer do things to give God the glory He deserves. Instead, we are doing things to be only seen by men. For example, some of us want our pastors to see us as the greatest worshiper, or the most giving, but our heart for God is completely out of it. We instead want to receive the glory and praise of man at the forefront.
The Bible says in Matthew 7:22-23 (KJV) “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” If we want to be true followers of Christ and not lose focus, we all need to examine ourselves, to see the true reason why we do things.
Let me tell you a secret, there was a time where I used to church hop a lot. When I sat down, looked at the reason, and truly examined my heart’s motives why I go to church, the real reason is that I want to see more men of my age so that I would have a good chance of finding a husband. But I always hide it by saying things like, “Oh I really want to go to a church with people of my age so I can get more Christian friends to help me in my walk with God.” I may have fooled people, but God knew my heart and my intentions weren’t pure.
What are the true intentions that you have masked as things that outwardly reflect the things of God? The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 13:5 (NLT) “Examine yourselves to see if your faith is genuine. Test yourselves. Surely you know that Jesus Christ is among you; if not, you have failed the test of genuine faith.”
Whoever is reading this, God knows your heart. He knows if you do what pleases Him. The Bible said:
“These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” — Matthew 15:8 (NLT)
Are you also one of them? If yes, make a conscious decision today to be intentional in carrying out the will of God, redirecting your heart and focus back to Him every day.
ARTICLE BY VERONICA CAMPBELL
I’m Veronica, a Christian blogger who made this page to inspire other believers in Christ by being transparent while discussing the joys, and the difficulties of being a believer in today’s society. So for inspiration and Christian advice stay up to date with my blog and be blessed. Visit christianlivingwithveronica’s blog