It used to be that if you were known as a Christian, it was considered a good thing in our society. Now, if you use that term, you’re labeled everything from a loser, to a hypocrite, to emotionally disturbed. Why is that?
It has a lot to do with how we portray ourselves to the world. We say things about ourselves that give hope to the world only to let them down when they find out the real story. I’m not talking about Christ, but about us.
I believe that if we truly portrayed Christ to the world, they’d have a different opinion of us. It’s obvious, even today, that those churches and individuals who walk as Jesus did are drawing many to the cross. What makes the difference?
A few months ago I wrote a post about what it means to be a disciple. You can click here to read it. In that post I said that disciples are more than just students learning what someone taught. They want to become what the teacher is.
This requires us to follow, come near to, experience, and live in Christ and His Word. It’s a deeper walk than many want to attain to in our generation. The reason I bring this up, is a statement I read in the book of Acts.
The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.
It’s a very simple declaration. The first time the disciples were called Christians – little christs – was in a town named Antioch.
This was at a time when the church was walking in the power of God. Even though they were small and suffering some persecution, they were turning their world upside-down with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Notice what Luke doesn’t say. He doesn’t record that the believers were called Christians. It wasn’t all those who attended church. The disciples – those who were striving to live like Christ – were called little christs by the world.
This is why the world largely rejects our witness. They look at how we live versus what we say. They don’t see the same thing in modern Christianity that was evident in the early church.
I know, it’s too late to change our language now but, we can let God change us. If I’m going to wear the name of Christ, then I need to let Him work His plan in me. I want the world to see me in Him.
When we lift up Christ by our lives, the world will gain a different perspective of who we are. It will be easier for them to hear the Gospel. We need to follow the path of true discipleship.
If that’s already your heart’s desire – continue on and let nothing sway you. If the Lord is convicting you about it, then repent and move forward right now. Let the world see Christ through His church.
Question: How would Jesus minister to people in our generation?
© Nick Zaccardi 2014