Being real is one topic that I’ve heard talked about so many times. There is a prized quality of being a person who isn’t ashamed of who she is and doesn’t shift colors like a chameleon to fit in with her surroundings.
I think this can be applied to Christianity, too. There is a certain quality of being a REAL Christian, too.
I remember talking to a few girls once about being a Christian and I asked, “Are you a Christian?”
“I go to church like once a week. I’m a Christian, yeah.”
That sort of response aggravates me.
I might be tempted to respond No.
That’s not what Christian really means.
What do YOU think Christian really means? When you hear the word, do you think about going to a brick building once a week and singing in a room for an hour?
Here’s what it really means.
You will conform to God’s law whether you are in church or in school.
You will love His Word and meditate on it day and night.
You will have joy, the joy of Jesus.
You know that you’re sinful, and terrible, and that Jesus died so you could be free.
You love to worship him, and will love to praise Him forever.
Him before You.
You would die for him.
Of course, is everyone perfect?
Can you keep all these things all the time?
No. But that’s why Jesus died—so you could be perfect.
I’m not saying that if you are a Christian you must abide by “xyz” rules. Being a Christian means that you understand God’s salvation and accept the Gift of it.
But next time you think of Christian—next time the word Christian is at the tip of your tongue—think of more than just going to church, singing some old hymns. Christianity is a way of life, not a checklist of things to do.