REFLECTING- LIGHT BY EFFECTIVE CHRISTIANITY – Part 1
1 John 3:2 – Beloved, now we are children of God…….
The world is a marketplace, not only of consumer goods and living standards, but also of ideas. Ideologies drive wars and economies. They impact history and help shape our individual life. Most of us have a primary ideology by which we live. By receiving Christ, we have chosen Christianity and the Book of Ephesians makes clear what we stand to benefit with this choice. Some of the basic spiritual biblical truths must be discovered. Each must be believed and stood upon as we journey through life.
What it means to be a Christian
A Christian accept that God is good and believes that God loves him
A careful reading of the Bible shows that God is involved in a cosmic confrontation with an enemy who wants to harm you and I, and one of the ways the enemy does that best is by getting us involved in sin. The Bible declares that “the wages of sin is death.” Romans 6:23, but God doesn’t want us to die, so He came up with a plan to rescue us: “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16.
A Christian knows that God has a purpose for his life
God has an eternal plan of salvation for humanity as a whole and for each of us as individuals. The biblical God is a personal God. He pleads, “My son [my daughter], give me your heart and let your eyes keep to my ways.” Proverbs 23:26. The Holy Spirit has been promised to guide us and teach us God’s saving truths: “When He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all truth.” John 16:13.
A Christian is free from guilt
One of Christianity’s greatest gifts is God’s free offer of forgiveness through Jesus Christ. An Old Testament prophet expressed God’s offers like this “‘Come now, let us reason together,’ says the LORD. ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.’ ” Isaiah 1:18.
The New Testament tells us this cleansing is possible through Christ’s sacrifice. “In Him [Jesus] we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of God’s grace.”Ephesians 1:7.
A Christian sees God as His father and Friend
The Bible teaches that God is not distant or disinterested in our affairs. He wants to be our Friend! Jesus said, “I have called you friends.” John 15:15. Life isn’t perfect, but knowing we have a Friend in high places can help us to walk through life’s darkest passages without fear.
For further study:
Personal declaration for the day:
I am Christian because I have believed and received Christ into my heart.
Questions for you to reflect on:
Are you a Christian?
How do you know?