Have you ever asked yourself the question: What Does It Mean to Live as a Christian? Well, if you “are” a born-again Christian, you’ve probably contemplated the answer to that question more times than you can remember. And if you’re not a follower of Christ, please, just keep reading because you’ll learn something useful in understanding your fellow human beings who are Christians.
Now, we could reference the “10 Guidelines for Christian Living” by Billy Graham for an excellent inventory of items we should be doing as Christians; however, I would like to assemble a simple list of what I believe are the fundamentals for living like a believer.
1) Trust in God
God is God and you are not. Period. Therefore, you should believe what He says (the Bible), don’t think you know better than He does (trust me—you do not!), and stop expecting God to work on your timetable or to meet your expectations.
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones” (Proverbs 3:5-8, KJV).
2) Pray, pray, pray
Praying is not only an outstanding method for learning more about God, but also the perfect system for relieving anxiety, fear, and depression. Hence, take all your troubles and concerns to God in prayer; likewise, talk to Him about your needs and desires, too. Note: There is no right or wrong way to pray.
“Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms” (James 5:13, KJV).
3) Imitate Christ
We should strive to emulate Jesus Christ in everything we do. No, we will never reach the level of Jesus in our thoughts and actions; nevertheless, as a Christian, imitating Jesus should be our constant goal. How did Jesus conduct Himself? I’m glad you asked that vital question. And the succinct answer is: Read your Bible and find out.
“Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. 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” (Philippians 2:3-8, KJV).
4) Share the saving knowledge of the Gospel with others
As a Christian, you should be happy talking to others about Jesus—no excuses permitted. Do your family and friends know your feelings about the Savior? If the answer is no, then you should be telling them. Would your coworkers or fellow students know you were a Christian if they were asked? Again, if the answer is no, you need to contemplate why the reply would be no.
Talk about Christ continuously. Tell other people the good news of the Gospel and how they, too, can be saved. After all, how will they inherit everlasting life if nobody tells them about the good news?
“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15, KJV).
So, there’s my input regarding the question of what does it mean to live as a Christian. And whether you agree, disagree, or land somewhere in the middle, the most crucial aspect is to ponder that question. Meditate on God’s Words. Perform some introspection. Read additional material regarding the topic. Learn to understand precisely what you believe and where you stand in relation to those beliefs. Then and only then will you unearth how to live like a Christian.
May God bless you all. Amen!
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