Being a Christian

This was written in 2007 or 2008, as part of my college application process.  I hope I have grown as both a Christian and a writer since then, but this represents a stage in my development.    

What Being a Christian Means to Me

To me, being a Christian means living a transformed life.  Not a perfect life, but a life that reflects Christ more and more.  A life that daily requires crucifixion of my carnal nature.  A life that relies on the living God for strength from day from day.  A life that experiences the freedom that can be ours through the atoning work of the Messiah.

I know that as long as I am on this earth I have the ability to sin.  My sin nature will keep tugging at me, trying to get me to slide back into sin.  And I haven’t always experienced the freedom in Christ that I could have.  I know what it’s like to be trapped in sin.  I am fully aware that on my own I am no match for the devil.  I have tried to face temptation with my own strength and it’s basically a suicide mission.  I have yielded to Satan much ground in a particular area.  And although the struggle continues, through the grace of God I want to continue reclaiming that ground and living victoriously over sin.

To me, being a Christian includes membership in a local body of believers.  I believe that membership, or at least regular attendance, at a Biblical church is essential to spiritual growth.  Churches provide opportunities to serve, spiritual instruction and encouragement, and godly counsel.

To me, being a Christian includes living a life that is consistent with Biblical commands.  1 Corinthians 6:19-20 reminds us that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, that we were bought with a price, and that we ought to glorify God in our bodies.  With those verses in mind, I believe that the use of alcohol, tobacco, etc.  has no place in the life of a Christian.

To me, being a Christian also includes abstaining from anything that pollutes the mind.  We cannot be transformed by God unless our minds are renewed.

To me, being a Christian includes seriously considering what God’s will for my life is.  Whatever my career, my goal should be to live a life of service to others, following the example of Jesus, who did not come to be served, but rather to serve.

To me, being a Christian includes fulfilling the Great Commission in my everyday life by seeking to share the Gospel with the people I come into contact with.  I am a member of the Pocket Testament League and receive Gospels of John to hand out.  I believe that God desires for us to have a Great Commission mindset- being prepared at any time to share the Good News with anyone.

To me, being a Christian includes spending time in prayer and Bible study.  I believe that God can speak to us through His Word if we are quiet before Him and I feel it is important for Christians to hear from God in that way.

To me, being a Christian includes living in submission to the authorities God has placed over me. I am to obey authorities in every instance expect when doing so would require me to contradict God’s Word.

In conclusion, as a Christian I recognize that I am saved by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.  My relationship with Him should always be my first priority, and I should be constantly seeking to grow in my walk with the Master.


Author: Daniel

I am a Christian who is seeking to build God's Kingdom.