It’s easy to say “I’m a Christian.” “I follow Christ.” “I live for God.” The real question is… do you? Do I? How do our regular, day to day lives reflect our decision to pursue Christ? … which is to pursue holiness… Consider this scripture:
Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. 14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
To follow Christ is to live IN Christ. To live in Christ is to put on the character traits of Christ. Nowhere in life can we claim to be something we’re not. Claiming to be an awesome singer doesn’t make you an awesome singer… but it may cost you some friendships. Claiming to be skinny isn’t going to slim down your waistline. However, we see examples all around us, in our churches, in our homes… in our mirrors of Christians “claiming” to live for Christ.
It shouldn’t be this way. Jesus didn’t give His life for this kind of “follower”. He gave the command “Go and sin no more”. Take a few minutes today and read through the above passage a couple times. Seek the Lord and ask for Him to reveal a couple areas for you to work on where you need to become a better representation of Jesus. Be IN Christ.