IF WE CLAIM TO BE CHRISTIANS
“For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh— though I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also. If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee;”
Paul, “A HEBREW Of HEBREWS.” What a title! But Paul reminded us not to boast on the title and never look down on worldly people. He has too much to boast, but he chose (and knew) that he must humble himself. Jesus lived the life of a man and then eventually died to pay the penalty for our sins. Never did He boast about being the Son of God. Never did He mock sinners, evil doers and the unworthy. In fact, He asked them to be with Him and blessed them with unconditional love, wisdom, and eternal life. How do we see this in our present age? Many of us, who claim to be Christians, will get to a point of hating sin (which has to happen) as well as the sinner (which is not supposed to happen.) With this, be reminded that Paul who came from the tribe blessed by God, had nothing to offer but the knowledge and heart to ask people to turn from their wicked ways and follow righteousness. Many have tried to stop and kill Paul, but still, God’s glory reigned over His kingdom. What’s exciting to know is the same people who were ostracized because of their sins were the same people who proclaimed the Gospel. See, no one has too dark a past that God cannot wipe away and transform to show His glory. If we claim to be Christians, let us live by the words written in the Bible. This is our manual for living worthy lives to bring glory to God, who chose to save us through His son, Jesus Christ. If we claim to be Christians, we must repent from our wicked ways and followed Jesus. Repentance is not a one-time event, but a daily occurrence in the Christian life, and we are only able to do so by God’s grace. Seek Him wholeheartedly and peace will come to us. If we claim to be Christians, we must have the hunger to see more people follow Jesus’ ways. Share the good news we once received! If we haven’t got to that point yet, let’s work on making our hearts have that fire to serve others. If we claim to be Christians, then we must know that it is never because of what we do that we are Saved and considered as a child of God. It is ONLY because of the blood shed by the death of our savior Jesus Christ. Are you claiming to be a Christian? How are you living it?
Writer’s Bio: Nadz Niñal serves in various ministries in her church and in other organizations. While working full time as a graphic artist, she free lances as a photographer. An aspiring writer, she loves reading books and listening to Christian music.