Commentary By: Gordon King
What is being a Christian really all about? Is it merely being saved and having eternal life, or does it mean to go to church, read the bible, and tithe? Are these things being a Christian or are they what a believer is given and does?
I think that so many people who call themselves Christians miss the boat on what it actually means to be a Christian. They think that if they go to church, read the bible, and tithe then they are being “good” Christians, that they are fulfilling the will of God, thereby maintaining their right relationship with God.
I am in no way stating that if a believer does these things that they are bad, wrong, or ungodly. What I am saying is that they are being misled if they believe that by doing these things then they are fulfilling God’s will in their lives!
There is so much more to the state of “being” a Christian then probably most of us realize. We are given the word of God for inspiration, for holiness, for godliness, but also as a guide-book for how we are to live our lives!
The bible is not merely a book filled with wise words which are good to read, they are words which must be applied to our lives! As Christians we must apply these words in our daily lives, not just memorize them, not just place them in our hearts, but actually live them out.
As Christians we are one with God’s Spirit and His is one with ours. Christ lives in us and we in Christ. How many of us really understand this? And when we treat a brother or sister in Christ ungodly, then we are actually treating Christ ungodly! What we do to another believer we are doing to God.
“And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ “
And we are told to love even our enemies, how much more so are we to love our brothers and sisters in Christ?!
“But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,”
I have heard over and over again of people who went to church who were turned off by believers who were hypocrites. That they not only turned away from the church but from God Himself because of this. They said that if this is how Christians act then they don’t want any part of the Christian religion! This is very, very sad my friends, because much of their argument is the truth!
Most of us if not all of us at some time or another act in an ungodly way, we act in rebellion to God, thereby presenting an ungodly picture of what a Christian really is, of who God really is. We are ambassadors of Christ, Christ is to live in us and through us, we represent the kingdom of heaven! But when we act in rebellion to God then we are misrepresenting God and His kingdom, we are misrepresenting who believers really are.
It took me a while to come to the realization that we should not look at the acts of the believers but to God. That just because Christians don’t always do the right things God always does. That we should not see God by what Christians sometimes do, but always see God by what He says and does, not us. It took me a while to come to grips with this, because I have also been mistreated by other believers!
There have been many Christians who have done some very terrible things in the name of God, yet just because they have does not mean that God told them to or that He agrees with them. They have misrepresented God and His message, they have actually undermined the workings of the Holy Spirit and grieved the heart of God! They have sinned against God and were in rebellion to Him.
What is worse for me is not to be mistreated by an unbeliever, but to be blatantly mistreated by a believer, a fellow brother or sister in Christ! This really pulls at my heart-strings, it sends shivers down my spine, and my heart cries out to God for Him to show them the error of their ways!
When the world sees these things happen they aren’t thinking: “Oh, it’s just the way people are, but their God is much different, we can’t focus on the believer but their God.” What they are really thinking is: “If that’s how Christianity and their God is then I don’t want to be a part of that!”
We do God an injustice when we act in rebellion to Him, when we act apart of our new nature, when we act from our old sin nature, then we act as the world acts. However, when we act with the Spirit of God then our spirit is in step with God, we are in His favor, we are pleasing to God and we bring Him glory!
“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
When the world sees Christians acting as Christians should then they see something which is not of this world, they see the goodness, mercy, and grace of God! When we treat each other with respect and dignity even in the face of adversity, then we show the world that there is something special about being a Christian!
If we are to love our enemies then how much more are we to love one another?
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
We’ve all done things that we regret later, we all have said things that we wish we didn’t say, none of us are perfect. We should all have forgiveness upon one another, just as Christ forgives us. I don’t know it all, and I don’t have all of the answers, but I do know that we should allow Christ to live through us, we are to be more like Christ, we are to emulate Christ in our lives.
God bless my friends! Maranatha!