Christian: More Than a Name #3

There are two previous posts that began this look into the name ‘Christian’. There are many reasons why it is a beautiful name that we should wear with great pride. Not pride in ourselves, but in the One whose name we wear.

One of those reasons is that Christians believe in Christ and receive His promises! The disappointment of Universalism is that it is a promise not founded upon the words of Christ the Savior himself. Jesus did promise salvation to all who turn to him in trust and faith. That promise is not, however, for all humans.

John 8:24 I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am he, you will indeed die in your sins.

Jesus promised an ‘abundant life’ to those who followed Him (John 10:10).  Wearing His name is an honor and privilege because it reflects our faith in Christ who has made, and will keep His promises.

Along with that promise, comes a responsibility. There is Responsibility for those wearing that name! When we say we are a Christian, we are asserting that we are disciples, learners, followers, apprentices. We are learning to imitate and obey. Serving Jesus is the guiding principle of our lives.

“If a man cannot be a Christian in the place where he is, he cannot be a Christian anywhere.” ~ Henry Ward Beecher, Life Thoughts

As we all know, there are some who fail to live up to the name they wear. Paul identified some in the church as ‘worldly” and said that he could not address them as “people who live by the Spirit” (1 Corinthians 3:1). No one who is serious about being a Christian can at the same time try to live a double life – one foot in the world and one foot in the church. Another kind of Christian who fails to live up to their name is the lukewarm Christian (Revelation 3:15-16).

I do not believe that we can be perfect, but I do believe that we have the obligation to do our best to live a holy life; a Christ-like life.

“It doesn’t take much of a person to be a Christian, but it takes all there is of him – person and possessions” ~ E. Stanley Jones, Growing Spiritually.

I’ll have some more thoughts about wearing the name Christian in a post coming soon.

Here are some free Kindle finds in which you may be interested:

Social Media in an Anti-Christian World (Social Media in 2012 and Beyond) by Lance Henderson

Caregivers’ Devotions to Go by Gigi Murfitt

Sermons on Isaiah by Phineas F. Bresee

Holiness and the Christian Life by L. A. Reed

The Overcoming Life and Other Sermons by D. L. Moody

If You Will Lead: Enduring Wisdom for 21st-Century Leaders by Doug Moran