Christian: Label or Lifestyle?

Being a Christian is more than a label or a group with whom you identify yourself. Christianity should be a lifestyle that we live every day. Colossians 3:1-4

Christian. It seems to be a word we use so flippantly. We use it in our everyday vocabulary. But we must ask ourselves, do we really know what it means? Do we live up to the true definition of the word? Or has it become a label that we use to identify ourselves?

The term Christian seems to be just another label for individuals to classify themselves. We aren’t Muslim, Buddhist, atheists, or catholic, so we just simply by process of elimination fall into the category of Christian. Being a Christian means to be “Christ like.” When we go out and tell people that we are indeed Christians, do we actually live a life like Christ?

If we are honest, the average person has Christ in their head, but not their hearts. I heard a story of a little girl who was in Sunday School and the teacher was teaching on how big God was. The little girl raised her hand and asked, “If God is so big, and I am so little, isn’t He gonna stick out somewhere?” That’s a great way to look at it, does Christ “stick out” in your life? When you are at work, school, shopping, or even hanging with your unsaved friends, can people tell if you are a Christian? Today, I’d like to give you a few things that will identify you as a Christian in your daily life. What should we be? I believe that a Christian should be found in six aspects as seen in the Bible.

1. A Christian Should Be A Disciple:

Matthew Chapter 10: Verse 24
The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord.

A disciple of Jesus Christ is to be a scholar of Jesus Christ! In the New Testament, the word disciple is applied principally to the followers of Christ and it also refers to the twelve that followed our Lord. Today, a disciple could very well be described as someone who believes His doctrine, rests upon His sacrifice, imbibes His spirit, imitates His example, and lives to do His work!

2. A Christian Should Be Humble:

As Christians we should be humble! Not prideful, not puffed up. Never should it be said of us that we have an ego, or a big head! We find ourselves humble when we remember that all we are, are sinners saved by the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ! If you don’t believe me that we need to be humble, we need look no further than the greatest act of humbleness ever recorded!

Philippians Chapter 2: Verses 5-8
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

Our Lord Jesus Christ, the perfect sinless son of God, threw off his holiness! Became man! For us! So that he might suffer, bleed, and die! So that we may live! We ought to be humble.

3. A Christian Should Be Loving:

I Corinthians Chapter 13: Verses 1-4
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

As a Christian, we need to be loving! We need to show love day in and day out! If we don’t have love, we will be ineffective!

4. A Christian Should Be A Prayer Warrior:

Luke Chapter 18: Verse 1 & Luke Chapter 21: Verse 36
18:1: And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;

21:36: Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

We need to be found in prayer! Prayer should be offered with submission to God’s will, fervently, perseveringly, and with a confiding reliance on God in Christ; it should be accompanied by humble confession and hearty thanksgiving, and with supplications for all living men, as well as for our friends and those nearest to us.

When is the last time you prayed? I mean really prayed? Prayed for a lost and dying world? Prayed for a lost friend? A lost loved one? When is the last time you prayed fervently? When is the last time you prayed a prayer of repentance? When is the last time you prayed to thank God for something? For anything? When is the last time you just prayed to pray! Has your prayer life become boring, dull, and dry? Has prayer become nothing more to you than a lifeline to get you out of some trouble or when someone close to you may be sick? Is the only time God hears from you is when you need something? Prayer should be more than that! How long has it been? God wants to hear from you! God loves to hear from you!

5. A Christian Should Be A Soul Winner:

Mark Chapter 16: Verse 15
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

In this verse, Christ is telling his disciples to what? To go! Go where? Into all the world? To do what? To preach the Gospel to every creature! Now our very first point under this point of what a Christian should be was what? That we are to be disciples! Disciples of Jesus Christ! So as such we have our marching orders here in this verse! We ought to be going! Telling everyone we can about our wonderful Lord Jesus Christ!

6. A Christian Should Be Holy:

I Peter Chapter 1: Verse 16
Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

As Christians, we are to be holy! Because we are separated unto Christ! Being holy means that we have purity inward and out! That we have a certain benevolence, and devotedness to the Saviour who died for us!

So, as Christians today we are to be disciples, humble, loving, prayer warriors, soul winners, and holy! Sadly all over there are Christians that are lacking some or maybe even all of these qualities. They are not living up to their name! When that starts to happen, when we start to slip in areas of our Christian walk, we do not live up to our name!

Being a Christian is more than a label or a group with whom you identify yourself. Christianity should be a lifestyle that we live every day. We should love others like Christ loves them. There is no need for being judgmental or hateful, God loves every soul. Besides if it wasn’t for the Grace of God and the Love that Christ has extended to us, you and I could be in the same place that person is.

We should let the things of God “overtake” us, rather than the things of this world. Just surrender all that you have and let Christ take over. He is the Head we are the body. He is in control. Let Him rule and reign in your life. Teenagers, let Christ overtake every part of your life. We want to go to church and be a part of the youth group, but we want to live life in our own way. We want to be friends with the roughest and most popular people so we can be well known and cool. However, if you don’t change your companions, you will have to change your convictions. Convictions that you have because you are or claim to be a Christian.

What about your life? Is there more you could be doing? Of course there is. There is more that EVERYONE can do. We can witness more. We can pray more. We can read the Word more. We can love others and sacrifice things in our life more often. Maybe you at one time were the most dedicated of Christians. You were living up to your name. Over time however, you got closer and closer to this world and stopped living up to your name. Being a Christian has just become a classification to you and nothing more. If that’s the case, may I encourage you today to once again make being a Christian mean a lot more in your life! Let Christ “stick out” in your life. Exalt Him in everything that you think, say, and do. Let Christianity become a lifestyle rather than just a label!

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