What’s the one word that really means you are a Christian? If you answered “Jesus” or “Christ” you get partial credit. What is the one word that means you really follow Jesus Christ and, therefore, are really a Christian?
It’s a very simple word. However, you have to wonder how many of the over 2 billion self-proclaimed “Christians” in the world are really Christians.
God gave us Jesus who sacrificed his life for each one of us. Before he gave up his life, Jesus gave us one command: to love (John 15:12). He went on to say that, “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13).
To love doesn’t mean to die. It simply means to put the other person first. Not just your husband, wife, or a child—or any family member or friend. To love means putting everyone before yourself. It’s not easy but it’s what God commands us to do and what Jesus did for each one of us.
Being a Christian is not about being “religious.” It’s about everyday living and how we treat every person we come in contact with—family, friend, or stranger. It’s about starting with a smile and going the extra step in helping someone in need. Just like the good Samaritan who helped the man half dead on the road (Luke 10:30-37).
Are you really a Christian? That’s something I have to ask myself every day. We may not like it but the answer is pretty simple: If you believe in Jesus and walk in his footsteps of love, even if you falter on occasion, you are a Christian. If you believe in Jesus but don’t walk in love, you are not. Believing is only part of the test that you’re a Christian. Walking the talk is passing the test.
Have a great day!