Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.
(1 John 2:6 (NIV))
Everyone is familiar with the old saying, “Actions speak louder than words!” Basically, it is possible to say one thing but have your actions say something completely different. A good example of this is saying that you want to help the poor and then when you think that no one is looking, you yell at a homeless person to get a job. Actions like this prove that all too often, what you say and what you do contradict each other.
I would not want to be thought of in this way even if I didn’t profess a faith in Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior!
I have heard several accounts of when followers of Jesus were first called Christians. One account says that the word “Christian” was a derogatory name that meant little Christs. Others convey a meaning of simply being a follower of Christ. Still others believe that it simply meant that those who were called by that name were anointed. No matter what you believe is the true root of the word, the meanings behind them carry a much deeper context. Think about that and apply each of these meanings to your life.
Do you act like a little Christ? If Jesus is your Lord and Savior, He is also your brother. Do you emulate your brother?
Do you act like a follower of Christ? If Jesus is your role model, do you strive to be like Him?
Do you act like you are anointed? If you believe in Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, then you have these words to define your status.
Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
(John 14:12 (NIV))
No matter which way you look at the origin of the word “Christian,” it should be looked upon as a badge of honor. it should be looked upon as a designation that you strive to follow Jesus in all that you do – both in word and in deed. With this in mind, I want to ask the following.
Do you claim to be a Christian?
Does your life validate your claim?