May 26, 2009

Called Christians

The disciples of Jesus Christ were first called Christians in Antioch (Acts 11:26).

What I find interesting is that for the modern day church, Christian is a self designation.

"Why, yes, I am a Christian."

But it was not so in the first century church. Look at the wording carefully - it says that they were first "called" Christians in Antioch.

You see, the followers of Jesus Christ lived a life that was so different than that of others, that the people called them Christians - followers of Christ.

Perhaps the reason so much of Christianity is totally irrelevant and invisible in America's culture is because Christians no longer act, dream, hope, aspire, and live differently than anyone else. We just blend in such that the only way anyone would ever know that we are Christians is if we told them.

If Jesus is Lord, and if Jesus really is the only way, the truth, and the life, shouldn't those who follow this absolutely unique Savior be visibly distinct in a world that doesn't know this Jesus?

Oh, I long to be a part of a movement of people where our lives clearly demonstrates Christ.
James <><
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