Bible Terms

Bible Term: Christian

Christian means different things to different people. Because of this divergence in understanding, there is much confusion, and even animosity, about what it means to be a Christian. As such, some true Christians even try to avoid this confusing label.

In its original sense and usage, a Christian is one who follows Jesus and seeks to live according to his teachings and ways. Becoming a Christian is an easy step to take, but it also entails a lifetime of pursuit.

The purpose of Jesus’ coming to earth was to die in our place for the wrongs we have done. In essence, he paid our fine and did our time, so that we don’t have to. If we accept this gift, or act, of Jesus, it makes us right with God the Father, who is perfect, thereby allowing us a new life now and to be with him for all eternity.

It’s easy to accept this gift (it’s free) and start on a journey with Jesus. Jesus simply said, “Come, follow me,” (Mark 1:17).

If you have taken that step, congratulations, your journey has begun, an exciting trip that will last the rest of your life.


Three Goals for All Christians

Paul tells the church in Thessalonica to do three things. I think we should all follow his instructions. Paul teaches them, and us, that:

1) We should strive to lead a quiet life.

2) We should mind our own business.

3) We should work to meet our own needs.

Then Paul shares two reasons for doing these things, the two expected results. When we do as he instructed:

1) We earn the respect of others.

2) We won’t need to depend on other people for our needs.

This seems so straightforward, elegant in its simplicity. Yet, this is sometimes difficult to remember and hard to do. But through God, we can accomplish exactly what Paul said. And when we do, our actions may become our strongest witness.

[1 Thessalonians 4:11-12]