Friday, June 7, 2013

What Kind of a Christian Are You?

What Kind of a Christian Are You? 

John 13:31-35
Therefore, when he was gone out, Jesus said, Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him. If God be glorified in him, God shall also glorify him in himself, and shall straightway glorify him. Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot come; so now I say to you. A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

Are you everything you promised God you'd be when your life in Christ first began? Are there visible, distinguishing attributes that show you are deeply committed as a Christian? Jesus gives what should be the marks of a true disciple and these virtues should characterize all of us that name the name of Christ.

There are some distinctive traits of a committed Christian: an unwavering focus on the glory of Christ; an unconditional love for other believers; and a loyal commitment to the Lord. The very purpose for which you and I exist is to glorify God–––for He is worthy of all glory and honor. He came and lived on this earth in preparation of His death so that in the end, He would be glorified. “Now is the Son of man glorified.” Christ dying on the cross paid the price for our sins and that brings glory to His name. The very act of Jesus dying on the cross deserves glory because of His power to crush the chains of sin and death. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23). God promised the world a Savior, and He did just that for sinful man.

The committed Christian is consumed with glorifying the Lord and the message of his life is in the glory of the cross, and in His love for mankind. But, the most significant aspect for living out your Christian life is to love other believers, a distinctive mark of a true disciple. What kind of love is this? “That ye love one another; as I have loved you,” kind of love.  A forgiving, sacrificial kind of love that needs to exists in the body of Christ. 

There are divisions, gossip and backbiting in the church of the living God today.  How can this be?  Jesus said; "By this shall all men know that you're My disciples." By what? By the love you show towards one another, will men know you are a Christian. Does the world look at us and say, “They are of God because they love so deeply,” or do they say, “They are not of God because they have no love for one another?” Two visible ways to prove your love is to say, “I’m sorry” and “I forgive you,” even if someone has never asked for forgiveness. A forgiving spirit shows an attitude of love like no other and in reality, shocks the world through the power of such great love.

O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus
O the deep, deep love of Jesus, spread His praise from shore to shore!
How He loveth, ever loveth, changeth never, nevermore!
How He watches o'er His loved ones, died to call them all His own;
How for them He intercedeth, watcheth o'er them from the 
                                                     Words  by Samuel Trevor Francis

Lord, help me live from day to day
In such a self-forgetful way
That even when I kneel to pray
My prayer shall be for—Others.

Others, Lord, yes others,
Let this my motto be,
Help me to live for others,
 That I may live like Thee.              
                                        Words by Charles D. Meigs

O Love That Will Not Let Me Go
   O Love that wilt not let me go,
  I rest my weary soul in thee;
 I give thee back the life I owe,
       That in thine ocean depths its flow
May richer, fuller be.
                                       Words by George Matheson

Thoughts: Giving your life for others shows the love of God dwelling within causing others to see Christ in you. A true disciple of Christ will glorify the Lord, love others and stay committed to the end. What kind of Christian are you?

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