Identity Crisis: WHO IS A CHRISTIAN?
John 3:6 – That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
It is no longer news that the disciples where first called Christians (Khristeeanos) in Antioch according to book of Acts 11:22. I call this a descriptive name which describes a person based on perception and behavioural pattern. A descriptive name may be deceptive and not be true to who you really are since the description based on external factors so if you live your life based on your descriptive name, you may suffer from identity crisis as you will then tend to live your life based on how people or environment has perceive you. It is evident they had the name Christians from CHRIST their master; as the Platonists and Pythagoreans had their name from their masters, Plato and Pythagoras. Now, as these had their name from those great masters because they attended their teaching, and credited their doctrines, so the disciples were called Christians because they took Christ for their teacher, crediting his doctrines, and following the rule of life laid down by him. While this is true, but it does not do enough justice to who they really are. Other descriptive name in the bible; the widow of Zarephath 1Kings 17, woman with the issue of blood Mark 5:25.
On the contrary a genealogical name is the name that came from the core of your essence, the name that describes the original intent in the heart of God before he made you. Your genealogical name precedes you and has nothing to do with your environment or your present state. As a matter of fact your genealogical name determines what becomes of you. Examples name: Jesus, Christ, Emmanuel, Jacob. Don’t ever allow yourself to be carried away by the descriptive name gotten from your environment; first establish your true identity. The root is in Christ and therefore our fruit should be Christ. You cannot stop a dog from barking, you cannot stop a lion from roaring. So also you cannot stop a Christian who understands his identity from being Christlike.
For further study:
Personal declaration for the day:
I am rooted in Christ therefore I will bear christlike fruit.
Questions for you to reflect on:
What make you different from the rest of the world you origin or your environment?
How true are to your origin?