What is a Christian? How would you answer this question?
What is a Christian? Is it someone who believes in God? Is it someone that tries to obey Jesus? Is it someone who wants to go to heaven when they die? IS it someone who goes to church?
None of these answers is wrong, but also none of these answers really tells us the heart of what a Christian is. Listen to how the Apostle Paul describes himself, and in so doing, how he describes a Christian:
Galatians 2:20. I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
A Christian has been crucified with Christ.
Paul doesn’t mean that physically we were on the cross with Jesus, but spiritually we were. I know this is hard to understand, but when you trust in Jesus, your spirit is joined to his, and so what has happened to Jesus has happened to you. This includes the cross. And since we were “on the cross” with Jesus, we too are dead to sin. All our sin has been forgiven and paid for. It can no longer control us.
A Christian has Jesus living in them.
Paul says, “Christ lives in me.” A Christian has Jesus living his life through us. Now we can be like him when we learn to trust him and his love for us.
A Christian lives by faith.
To be a Christian means we have stopped trusting in ourselves, and instead we trust in Jesus – “the one who loved us and gave himself for us.” Each day we are learning to trust God’s amazing love for us through Jesus more and more. Each day we are depending on Jesus’ grace more and more. And each day we are loving others more and more.
Because of Jesus we have died to our sin and are alive to God’s love.
With Jesus we can live by faith in his amazing love for us.
DO SOMETHING TOGETHER
Galatians 2:20 is a great verse to memorize as a family. Try going over it each day this week and see if you can commit it to memory.
Everything that you have you share with me. You even live in me. Help me to let you live through me too.
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