Being a Christian is not so much about what we do as it is about who we are and who we are has everything to do with who’s we are. 1 Corinthians 6:20:For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s. Having said that, who we are is developed by what we do and why. It is what we do that identifies who we are and who we belong to. True Christianity is a reflection of the life of Christ. In other words being a Christian means we will do things that are identified as Christian or Christ like. The bottom line is belonging, being and doing are so closely related they can’t be separated.
The bible tells us, when we repent of our sins and receive what Jesus did on the cross for us. That He died in our place to pay our debt and forgive us of our sins. When we are born again and the Spirit of God indwells us, our life is hidden in Him. We become a Christian at that moment and we will reflect that change. Colossians 3:1 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. 5 Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, 7 in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them. 8 But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, 10 and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, 11 where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.
Character of the New Man 12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. 14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
As Christians let our lives reflect the wonders and privilege of a new life in Christ.
Pastor Leo Kruger of Valley Christian Fellowship is a member of Carson Valley Ministers’ Association.