‼️P R E A C H‼️
‘Just what do you mean Christian?’
By: Record Herald – March 11, 2021
“The original Greek word for Christian is “Christianos” which comes from the two Greek words “Christ and tian.” The word Christ means “anointed” and tian means “little.” So the word “Christian” literally means “little anointed ones.” During his life Jesus was called the “messiah” which meant “the anointed one” and we are his “little anointed ones” who have been anointed by his Holy Spirit to represent Him in this world. Interestingly, the word Christian is only found three times in the Bible. However, how do you know if you are truly a “Christian?” I can say I’m a car because I’m in a garage but that doesn’t make it true? Or, just because I’m surrounded by a chicken fence that doesn’t mean I’m a chicken. I believe being a Christian is more than just saying a few words but is rather a changed life and a new way of living life according to scripture.
In the New Testament, how we live life is another way of saying how we “walk” in this world. One way we can tell that we are Christians is by the life that we live—how we walk out life in this world. How do you live your life? What is at the center of it? What is most important to you? What do you make time for? If you had one, what would be the theme song that describes your life?
The Apostle Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” This verse means that as “Christians” we are not who we once were. The problem with many Christians today is that they are expecting new results by living the old way! When Jesus saved you, He created you to be new for righteousness and holiness. One true test of being a “Christian” is that we are “little anointed ones” by the way that we walk and live compared to the way that we did before.
I want to ask you today, how differently do you live now that you are a Christian than you did before? We need to understand especially in our western culture that being a Christian is more than just believing a certain set of beliefs and creeds. Being a Christian is a way of life in which we seek to identify as closely as we can with Jesus. Following Christ is a lifestyle choice: accepting him as Lord and Savior, choosing to believe when it seems impossible, choosing to love those whom you would much rather hate, and choosing to value God over all other attachments.”