What does it mean to be a Christian? In simple words it means being a follower of Christ and being a follower simply entails looking at how Christ lived his life and following the same footsteps. Many times we ignore the meaning of the word life. According to Merriam Webster dictionary, life is the period from birth to death or a specific phase of earthly existence. From this definition, we can see that life is the accumulation of a second to second, minute to minute, hour to hour and day to day up until death. Hence the topic “Full-time Christian”. Being a Christian means full time, not part time and certainly not just on Sundays. You and I are called to be full – time Christians, called to live in the truth, walking in the truth and speaking in the way of the truth which is the word of God.
One man of God once said that we should desire to be at a place where we will become one with the word of God such that all we do becomes the word. Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes…” The gospel is power, it is the wisdom of God and I believe not every one of us is called to be a preacher or a teacher, even if some are called to be, it is not every day that one stands on a pulpit or before an audience. Hence how are you to preach this word? Although yes we can share with family and friends, I believe strongly that the greatest pulpit is our lives and the power in it is found when we live out that which we profess in front of everyone. Recently the Holy Spirit taught me that the greatest sermon that Jesus preached wasn’t the one He preached neither on Mt Sinai nor in synagogues, although great but the greatest was his life. His life up to his death is the greatest sermon that Jesus left us, that when we preach it many are saved, sinners forsake their ways and the lukewarm people’s fire is rekindled and set ablaze.
Continuing with the life of Jesus, the Bible tells us that where-ever he went, he went about doing good (Acts 10:38). Jesus loved, cared, he had compassion, he prayed, taught his disciples, and the people, he healed never did he wound, he encouraged, he delivered and the list goes on. He lived a life that manifested that which he taught. He walked in righteousness, holiness, purity and above all in love. No wonder death could not hold him down! All his life up until death he lived to fulfil Scriptures! You find him many times saying this or that is to happen so that the Scriptures may be fulfilled or he would say “this Scripture has been fulfilled today” (Matthew 26:56, Matthew 3:15, Luke 4:21, etc). As he fulfilled Scriptures so are we to fulfil them, by the power of the Holy Spirit that was in him and now living in us. This is what God has called us to do, to let our children see the word become life in all our doings, to let our friends, workmates, school mates, up to complete strangers we sit next to on a bus, in the canteen or business meeting. Let the gospel be what it is in us, the living truth, pass it on that more people will want to know this God we serve. Let this eternal word change your life and the lives of those around you.
Many times as Christians we find ourselves desiring more to preach the word on platforms, pulpits more than how we desire to read, study, meditate and ultimately live and practise it. We desire to share the wisdom we have learnt, but it is not a one-time pulpit teaching that shows that. But wisdom is seen and known ultimately by how you go about your daily businesses and the words you speak daily. Do we desire to heal the broken hearted, to set the oppressed free, make the blind see? We can because the word in us has the power to, once released from our mouths and manifested by our living.
In conclusion, I will write the words of Apostle John in 1 John 2:6, “Whoever claims to live in Christ [that is, whoever says he has accepted Him as God and Saviour] ought [as a moral obligation] to walk and conduct himself just as He walked and conducted Himself.” AMP I have decided to be a full-time Christian and hope you do too. Let us all march together and set the world on fire with the word of God which is in the person of Jesus Christ!