Being A Christian: What Does It Really Mean?
Being a Christian; what does it really mean?
True Christianity is not just what we do BUT who we are!
Becoming a Christian is having your inner nature transformed from mere human to incorporate the divinity of God.
It is having the God of the Universe, Creator of Heaven and Earth adopt you into His family and call you “His child” once more.
It’s changing your nature, your ancestry and inheritance all at once.
The regeneration of your spirit, which occurs in the born again process, changes your nature from being Adam-like to Christ-like.
God the Father’s adoption of you as His own child effectively separates you from Adam’s ancestry and consequently frees you from his curse, which is everlasting separation from God in hell.
Because your ancestry has been changed from Adam to Christ who is the Seed of Abraham, your inheritance is also changed from Adam’s curse to Abraham’s blessing!
So, you now have a new nature, new identity, a new destiny and a new inheritance in Christ Jesus.
This is not religious talk.
These changes affect your everyday “normal” life if you understand their significance and learn to apply them.
Your Christianity is not just an aspect of who you are – It is who you are!
Being a Christian is more basic than being a Democrat or a Republican because by definition your first allegiance is to the Government of God and to the Constitution upon which that Government is built – Which is The Bible, The Word of God.
Being a Christian is more basic than being a Husband, Father, Wife or Mother; more basic than being a Son, a Daughter or a Student.
After you repented and had your nature changed by God, your Christian world-view should now provide your frame of reference for each of these offices mentioned above and should inform your every decision and action.
Being a Christian is more basic than being a man or a woman; “There is neither… male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Gal 3:28) In other words there is neither room for radical feminism nor male chauvinism in the kingdom of God.
“Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.” (Gen 5:2) God made male and female different but equal!
Being a Christian; what does that really mean?
Being a Christian transcends nationality, ethnicity and race. “There is neither Jew nor Greek… for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Gal 3:28)
It’s more basic than being Jamaican, Jewish or Japanese.
You are now a Citizen of the Kingdom of God. A kingdom is both a geographic realm and a type of government or political system. You’re a citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven before all other citizenships here on earth.
This is why the Roman Hierarchy wanted to eliminate Jesus; He threatened their power-base by exposing the people to another Political Ruler with a different political agenda – He taught them about God and God’s Government!
And He specifically taught the people to bear first allegiance to this new King and His new Kingdom – He said, “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God…”
This was and still is a very politically charged statement!
What does it really mean to be a Christian?
Being a Christian is more fundamental than being an American.
Your first allegiance is to God, to His Laws, His Constitution, His Culture and His Authority over your life.
This is what being a Christian is all about.
Being a Christian is not a religious function; it’s not performing certain rituals at certain times of the day or week or month or year.
It is about a living, current relationship with the One who created it all! The God of all that we see and know. He wants us to come back to Him in the intimate relationship of Father and Child.
Being a Christian is not some outdated concept for only those over 50 years old or for those in dire need of some spiritual crutch to hold on to.
Being a Christian is as much a 21st century concept as it was a 1st century concept.
This is true because of the incessant need of the human heart for belonging and of man’s search for meaning, for order and structure in the universe.
We run to and fro seeking out new and exotic explanations for the complexities and intricacies of life, while denying the simple truth that stares us right in the face.
God loves you and wants to have a real, loving relationship with you through His Son Jesus Christ.
All you need to do is to repent; change your mind so He can transform your spirit and your inner nature to resemble His.
This will be the beginning of the most incredible journey you have ever taken in your life and the really good part is… It lasts forever!