Thursday, April 24, 2008

Are You A Christian?

Romans 12:1-2 "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."

I'm not asking if you're saved. I hope and pray you are but my burden for this post is for those of you who are saved. Many people are saved but not all saved people are Christians. The word Christian means Christ-like.

A Christian is identified with Christ. A person who is saved but not living as Christ would (or as close to it as humanly possible) is not living a Christian (Christ-like) life. You might ask why would God expect us to live such a life? Why wouldn't He? He only gave His only Son as a sacrifice for our sins. And His Son was only willing to die for us. I think it is the least we can do...it is our "reasonable service".

Tell me...what has He done for you that gives you the idea that you should live a Christian life? He's done more for me than I could even begin to explain. I just know that I don't want to have a testimony of just being saved. I owe my Lord more than that. I want the testimony of being a Christian!! I feel the one that has that kind of testimony is honoring the Lord and is living a life of worship in their service to and for Him. You might not know it...but our service for Him is a form of worship. Examine yourself and see if you are living that Christian life. If not....you need to ask forgiveness of Him and get started doing so today!!


14 comments:

Happymama said...

Whew! Amen, sista! I think some people tend to skip over the whole "reasonable service" part of being a Christian. Good post.

~Kristi

Sis. Julie said...

Sis. Kristi...Amen!! I do believe they have!!

Maranatha said...

OUCH!!! Good one! Pastor was in Hebrews 6 last night and the one statement I walked away with that stuck with me today was:

"If you haven't done one thing for Christ today, then you've wasted your day!"

Sis. Julie said...

Sis. Kate....That is an awesome statement. Thank you for sharing that with me. It is so true as well!!

Bro Tim said...

Mrs Julie what a question to ask you readers. Are they living the Christian Life. I know in my life he is still working on me to get me to the place he wants me at in all area's of my life. Great Post!

Bro Tim

Sis. Julie said...

Bro. Tim....As you can tell from our conversation earlier today...I got this post from my husband's message last night. The Lord does that alot though!!

Nicholas Z. Cardot said...

That's a great challenge. Christ definitely deserves for us to do more than just be saved. He deserves to have us live our lives for Him and like Him!

Sis. Julie said...

Bro. Nick....Yes He does!!

Daughter of the King said...

Always room for improvement in my life that is for sure. Sometimes I close my ear to the Lord's nudging on things.
I don't want to be a carnal Christian.
Deby

Sis. Julie said...

Sis. Deby...I would hope that no one does. Love you!

Heather said...

Sis Julie...I sure have missed you. You have no idea how much I needed to read this today. I have been doing and doing, but as the doing built up...my heart was neglected and my attitude has been one of defeat vice Spirit filled. Thank you for posting what was on your heart.

Sis. Julie said...

Sis. Heather....Thank you for letting me know this blessed your heart. I know I haven't been around the blog world much. It takes so long to check blogs that it is difficult to find time to do it. I only seem to get through half my list then I have to get off cause it took so long....so I'll be checking the other half of my list in the next day or so.

Dave said...

Sis. Julie,

Great Post! Can I post it on the IBF? I will post the link where I got it at on your blog.

Dave

Sis. Julie said...

Dave....You sure can. Thank you for asking.

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