What Is A Christian?

In the world of today so often you hear the question, “Are you a Christian?”  Here are some of the answers men reply: Yes!  I’m a Christian; I go to church once in a while, and try to live a decent life.  Others will say: Yes, I practice the golden rule, which is “Do unto others as they would do unto you.”  Still others will answer: Yes, I’m a Christian: what do you think I am, a heathen?

Let us go to the Word of God and find there an answer to: What is a Christian?  We read in Rom. 12:1-2: “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, Holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service….that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable, and perfect will of God.”

I would like to describe a Christian in five ways:  our Mind, our Heart, our Voice, our Hand, our Life.

First of all with our Mind—thru which Christ thinks.  Christ had a very humble mind, which we read also in His Word: “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who thought it not robbery to be equal with God, but took upon him the reproaches due to us.”

We must distinguish between two kinds of mind: the carnal mind which we must fight against daily and which is enmity against God, and the spiritual mind which is life and peace.  So we have here the harm of the Flesh, and the good of the Spirit.  We must struggle with the law of the mind if we are true Christians, so that we cry out with the apostle of old—“The good I would I do not, and the evil I would not that do I.  O, wretched man that I am.”  But then we must go further and say: “I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord who is our Righteousness.”

Then we have the Heart—thru which Christ loves.  Out of the heart are the issues of life.  The heart produces love which God has placed there by His Son Jesus Christ.

The heart is the hidden man, which we cannot see.  That heart once was corrupted through sin.  But a regenerated heart is made perfect through Christ.  Not perfect as if we do not sin, for even though we receive the grace of God, we must confess that we do not love Him with that zeal wherein He loved us.  I will give you a poor illustration.  Supposing you give me a gift.  When I received that gift, I perhaps showed that I was very glad, but after you were gone I might say, “Why did he or she not give me something better?”  Outwardly, I looked very thankful, but my heart was far from it.  So it is with our love for God.  If we say we love God we must love the brethren.  God demands that we must love Him above all, Who is Love.

Then we have the Voice that speaks.  Here we have a wonderful talent which God gives us in a special way.  I know, we all haven’t the gift of singing, but, young people, it isn’t how nice we can sing, no, it’s the motive or reason for which we sing.  Sometimes when I sit in church to worship Jehovah and am singing the beautiful psalms about the great things God has done for us, and is still doing, I see some young people in their seats, not singing; but laughing and talking.  Shame on you and shame on me if we do not use the talents which God has given to us.  If we truly love the Lord our God we cannot help but sing and speak of the manifold blessings he has bestowed on us.  So whenever we have the privilege to sing or speak of Jesus let’s do so with all our might, or pray: “Lord open thou my lips, long closed by sin and shame, that I may sing the wonders of thy love.”

Next we have the Hand through which Christ helps.  Jesus Christ has made our hands willing and ready to serve Him.  So whatever our hands find to do, let’s do it.  We must work for the Master I do not mean that we help God along with our redemption.  God has accomplished that Himself.  But we have a calling to work.  We read again in Scripture: “…work, while it is day ere the night cometh in which no man can work.”  Christ works in us, without Him we could not as much as move.

Lastly, we have a Life, through which Christ lives.  What is life?  To know God is life.  Our natural life we receive from Him but our spiritual life is a gift of grace.  We read in His Word: “By grace are ye saved, through faith and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.”  We can speak of three kinds of life: natural life, Gen. 3:17; spiritual life, Rom. 8:6; eternal life, John 3:36, Rom. 6:23.

I want my life to tell for Jesus.  Do you?  Let’s live then.  Some people think they live, but they only exist.

I have presented to you the consecrated Christian.  Are our lives in harmony with this?  Does the world see that your life is Christ?  Let this hymn be seen in your life as you sing from your lips:

“Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me,

All His wonderful passion and purity:

Oh!  Thou Spirit Divine, all my nature refine,

Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me.”