Am I living as a Christian? Do I look like one? Is that person a Christian? What are the defining signs in a person’s life that would suggest they are a follower of Jesus?
To call yourself a Christian in some circles was previously essential to get that job, to be accepted and to be considered an upstanding member of the community.
Times are changing and you are no longer accepted and supported for making the claim that you are a follower of Jesus. Contrary to popular opinion the hallmarks of being a disciple should not be; hatred, narrow-mindedness, homophobia, counter cultural (for the sake of it), anti-scientific or controlled and brainwashed by others.
So what are the marks of someone who calls himself a Christian? If needs be, be convicted by this list, allow yourself to be challenged, go ahead yourself and read Jesus’ words on this subject. Whatever we do, do not allow ourselves to be a Christian in name only because frankly a Christian only in name is defined in the scriptures as a non-believer (Hebrews 3) and those to whom Jesus would say, “I never knew you”.
Why do I write this then?
I write this to expose falsehood and for those of us who want to follow our Lord faithfully, to call us higher. I admit that some things on this list are not easy and at times I would rather they were not there. I do not always want to forgive, my commitment can fluctuate depending on how I am feeling that day. But nonetheless we must call each other back to the one and only standard which Jesus himself laid out for us. This list is not exhaustive and I also appreciate that they are not all the words of Jesus (Not believing in the entire Bible as authoritive is for another day).
Remember that the Spirit and God himself promises to help us in our weaknesses. Jump in and see how you would like to grow. I have picked the scripture I find the most challenging but go ahead and look the others up for yourself.
Matthew 10:38, Matthew 22:34, Luke 9:23, Luke 9:57, Luke 13:22, 2 Corinthians 5:14
“Anyone who loves they’re father or mother…son or daughter more than me, is not worthy of me” (Matthew 10:38)
Matthew 7:21, 1 John 3:6, Hebrews 10:26
“No-one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him” (1 John 3:6)
3) Sharing Our Faith:
Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 1:16, Luke 19:10, Acts 8:1
“Go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:18-20)
Colossians 3:13, Matthew 18:35, Luke 11:1-4
“Forgive my sins as I forgive others their sins” (Luke 11:1-4)
6) Confession of Sin:
“Confess your sins to each other” (James 5:16)