Am I a Christian? My name is Patience, I go to Church on Sundays and hardly miss weekly activities. My parents are Pastors and I’m a chorister too, I think I pass for a Christian. But wait a minute, can those things be used as a yardstick to being a Christian? Smiles. Take a moment before jumping on to answering these questions.
It should be noted that being born into a Christian home doesn’t make one a Christian, having religious heads all around also doesn’t one a Christian, nor does holding numerous positions in Church make one a Christian. The web of Christianity spreads across many spheres but has just one mother bud.
It is also very important to be cleared on the fact that Christianity is not a religion but a lifestyle. Remember the story behind the origin of the name “Christian” in the bible? it was birthed from keen observation of people, permit me to call them “unbelievers” in the ancient city of Antioch,
of the way the followers and disciples of Christ behaved. They watched closely, looking for loopholes, but were amazed at the way these followers behaved so much like their master “Christ”, and could see every trait of the master in them even when He was physically absent.
These disciples of Christ weren’t ashamed of the gospel neither were they afraid of proclaiming the gospel wherever they were, they never disguised in an attempt to not be called Christians, they followed wholeheartedly, taking each step as they saw the master take. They were totally yielded to His will alone.
I was having a conversation with someone sometime back and I asked “what is the highest the thing you can take for Christianity’s sake, do you see yourself laying down your life for the course”?, of course, I didn’t get a straight answer, lol, but ask yourself this same question I asked this friend of mine, do not be quick to answer, remember the age we are in, remember we are in the middle of lots of crisis, BokoHaram on one hand, kidnappers on the other, and this the whole pandemic in one corner also.
Imagine you are on a trip and your car/plane /train gets high jacked by kidnappers of other religion, and they are all threatening to free those of similar religion and taking the others with them on ransom and let’s say you grew up amidst those people and know a line or two you can utter that would save you from them, what would you do?
Some would be quick to say grace presents itself in different forms and when you are in Rome behave like a Roman, lol, yes, all these are true, but no grace would lead you to deny your identity, to denying who you are. Grace makes a way in the weirdest of all ways, grace would find a way of leading you out of that danger even after proclaiming and standing strongly
by your faith. Not threat ought to be grave enough to cost you your religion, standing by your faith and the truth should give you so much not even on to death because of no greater reward than giving one’s life for the course and for love because in that case, the Love you harbor for Christ becomes your driving force.
We are Christians not because we grew up in Christian homes or hold mighty positions and important roles in Church. We are Christians because we are “Christ-like” and so whatever we do ought to showcase Christ. It is amazing to know actually that Christ led an exemplary life, setting a pathway for us to follow which was why He was tempted with same temptations you likely are going to encounter, was tempted with food, material things, and power.
These are things that make people miss it these days but we saw Him overcome those temptations. Of course, He knew you would face challenges, He also faced some, He knew there would be death and He conquered death also when He rose back to life. In all Christ did, He was always so mindful of us, He made sure He left no stone untouched, He also silenced the mouth of the accuser.
The amazing thing about God’s love is how that He didn’t even know if we’d accept Him or not, yet He gave His life, He gave it without expecting at all.
There are a lot of things that serve as pointers for people to know who one is. I hear things like “Christians are hypocrites”, I would not blame those that say these things, we gave them the room to by our lifestyles, we are quick to say and slow to act and we mostly do those things we preach against in the secret which is a hypocritical act. We might think no one is watching or sees us, but nothing they say is hidden under the sun.
Christianity is a lifestyle and not a competition whereby the most powerful would be judged and all. In life, we have people that belong to the highest class, others average while some other low class, doesn’t mean they are not living you know. If Christianity is a lifestyle then just as life itself, where we constantly strive to move higher and better, let’s also understand that
growth is constant. No need saying what you are not or trying to do things because others are doing it, it is that overzealous spirit most times that leads us into errors.
We should understand that graces differ and know that this journey is a lifestyle and we all would reach the final destination at our different paces. What we should be concentrated on is living the life in accordance with how the Master lived. Before you react to things, pause and ask yourself what Christ would do if He was to be faced by the same thing. Live a life of service. Love, care, and give because God loved and was indeed compassionate. You cannot be in malice with your neighbor and call yourself a Christian.
You should also live an exemplary life worth emulating, you never know who is watching and learning.