“Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name.” 1 Peter [4:16]
The word “Christian” is mentioned seven times in the New Testament, beginning with the church at Antioch. It was never used as an adjective. Yet, in our churches and in society today, we often hear comments such as:
“That was not very ‘Christian’ of him!”
“That guy sure doesn’t act like a ‘Christian’ when he’s here at work.”
“That was a very ‘Christian’ thing she did.”
Still other ‘Christian’ labels get tossed around frequently; Christian counselor, Christian school, or a Christian book. (One company even used to sell ‘Christian’ candy called ‘Testamints’!)
Perhaps these comments and labels are why we struggle with our true identity as followers of Jesus? Too often we use the word “Christian” as a means to describe something about us.
In reality, a Christian is who we are! Therefore, it is our primary identity. My job or trade is what I do. But who I am is a ‘Christian’. I am a follower of Jesus Christ, and a child of the living God!
When our identity is found in Christ, our works then become an outpouring of that identity. When we connect ourselves with Jesus and allow the Holy Spirit to penetrate our soul, we cannot help but live a life that is honoring to God by loving Him and loving others.
Dear Jesus, may my primary identity be found in You, and may You remove the other things in my life that distract me from being who You created me to be. Amen.