Four Ways To Be A Christian
If someone who was a seeker of spiritual truth investigated Jesus Christ and the teachings of the Bible on FaceBook, website’s, blogs and many other places on the Internet they could get a wrong impression of Jesus Christ and his teachings.
Many of these groups share their opinions and their private interpretations of Christianity. Many of them add to a correct and positive discussion about Jesus and his teachings and many muddy the waters.
There is a lot of yapping and nipping from one Christian to another in Facebook pages and various web sites around the World Wide Web. They all espouse their view of what a Christian is. A truth seeker could easily be filled with incorrect ideas about what being a Christian is all about and what it means to be a Christian.
To set the record straight would take a series of books and the right people would likely never read them. So in an effort to stir the proper discussion among those who profess to be Christians, I will outline four ways to be a Christian. This list is, by no means, complete. It’s just a beginning. But if we strived in these four areas it would make a world of difference to our self and to those around us. It would further the work of the Lord to save souls, not to tear them down. Most Christian could provide four other ways of being Christian that would be correct. This short list is intended as an example of the many aspects of being a true Christian.
What we know about Jesus Christ, we learn by reading the Bible. If any truth seekers are reading this article then I would suggest you start learning about Christianity by prayerfully reading the Holy Bible and not rely on what is written about Jesus and the Bible online. Online resource can be valuable after you have a foundation built on Jesus Christ and his teachings found in the Bible.
If you are seeking truth by reading web pages and Facebook groups you will get peoples opinions about what Jesus said and did as his lived on the earth. There are many great website’s, blogs and Facebook pages out there but start first with you and the Bible.
These four ideas all have one major underlying quality about true Christian Discipleship and that is love.
We are taught, among other things, from the Bible to be a peacemaker and an example of Jesus Christ. We are taught to love our neighbor as our self and to seek to do the will of the Lord.
In a world of conflict, from arguments and disagreements in the home to the neighborhood and communities we live it, from politics to national debate and war between countries. We are surrounded by conflict and strife. We need to seek to become peacemakers. Rather than seek to divide, we need to seek to unite in Christ. Being a peacemaker from a worldly point of view saves lives and precious resources. From a spiritual point of view being a peacemaker, we open the doors to peoples heart where a spiritual change can happen.
While peace is an illusive topic in the last days, there is much peace that is possible. We need to follow the Saviors teaching on “blessed are the peacemakers.”
BEING AN EXAMPLE OF JESUS CHRIST
To be an example of Jesus Christ first requires that one should read, study, ponder and pray while delving into the sweet pages of the Holy Bible. The Bible mentions a commandment that we should be perfect like Jesus and Heavenly Father are perfect. While that, is not attainable in this life directly. We can rest comfortable in the knowledge that we are taught throughout the good book that we will receive grace through the loving mercies of our Savior. Combined with our efforts to become perfect and the saving grace of Jesus Christ, we can become perfect.
So short of being perfect we can live our lives as disciples of Jesus Christ by striving to follow his example and in the process becoming an example ourselves to others. Ask yourself, if someone followed by example, would that bring them closer to the Lord?
LOVE THY NEIGHBOR
Like all messages from the Holy Bible, love is the major theme behind them all. Loving ones neighbor is an oft repeated theme though out the scriptures. To be a Christian is to be one who loves his neighbor. Love the sinner (person), not the sin. Love thy neighbor as thy self. Love the Lord thy God and so on. If there is not love in your heart for your fellow man then either you are not a Christian or you are a beginner.
If you’re a beginner then love will only continue to grow. But keep in mind that love is the essence of Christianity.
Seeking to understand and then striving to do the will of the Lord may be one of the more challenging aspects of being a Christian, but it is an essential part of being a Christian.
More than once did Jesus teach in the hallowed pages of the bible the need to do the will of the Lord. Christ was always doing to the will of the Lord even down to the time he spent suffering for the sins of the world in the Garden of Gethsemane and upon the cross of Calvary.
In summary, these are just four essential aspects of being a Christian. If people saw you striving in these areas, they would assume you are a disciple of Jesus Christ without you ever having to open your mouth. If we concentrated on these four aspects of Christendom we would attract many more disciples and stem the tide of the younger generations falling away from the rock of our salvation.
I don’t mean to say that these are the only ways one is a Christian. There are so many more to add to the list. But what I hope to put forward for discussion among Christians is rather than tear down other Christian denominations lets all work to the end of bringing souls unto Christ rather than let the younger generation slip away.