I always enjoy speaking on the subject of Christianity. What does it mean to be a Christian? Three times in the Bible, the word “Christian” is mentioned. The first time is in Acts 11 where the Bible says, “The disciples were called Christians first in Antioch. The second time it’s mentioned when the great King Agrippe tells the Apostle Paul, “Almost thou persuades me to be a Christian.” The final time is found in 1 Peter where the Bible says, “If any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed.”
Today the word, Christian, is largely misunderstood. Many have the wrong ideology for what it means. I’ve met people who felt that they were Christians because they were born in American or because they attend a certain church. That’s like saying because you was born in a hospital, that makes you a doctor. It certainly doesn’t work that way. A Christian is a follower of Christ, one who has yielded and accepted Christ as Savior. One does not become a Christian by birth, race, or nationality. One becomes a Christian by consciously receiving the risen Christ.
In his writing to the church at Rome, the Apostle Paul said, “If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead thou shalt be saved. For with the heart, man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth, confession is made unto salvation.”
In John’s gospel, becoming a Christian is compared to being born again. Like being born physically, we all have a birthday. Becoming a Christian constitutes a new beginning in one’s life as well. Just as we all have a physical birthday, we must all have a spiritual birthday.
Do you have a spiritual birthday? Was there a time that you placed your trust in Jesus? If not, my prayer is that you will accept God’s precious gift of life and join God’s family.