I have often been asked the question “who are you?” People want to know my name, my family, my occupation, my character, or my beliefs. It’s sometimes difficult to know how to answer the question.
I may reply in various ways depending on the circumstances.
- I am Kay Mitchell
- I am a registered nurse.
- I am a daughter, a wife, a mother and a grandmother.
- I am a Bible teacher.
- I am a writer.
While all of those things are true, there is another identity deep inside me about which I am passionate – I am a Christian.
The name Christian is the name I received the day I accepted God’s gift of salvation in Jesus Christ – I became a Christ-follower.
Being a Christ follower has a great benefit package!
- We are loved by God the Father. (Romans 5:8) We are loved by the Father not because of what we’ve done, but because we are His children. (John 1:12)
- We are valuable. We were purchased at a steep price. (1 Corinthians 6:20) Why? Because of His deep love for us He desires a loving relationship with us.
- We are justified and declared innocent. (Galatians 2:16)
- Our sin no longer defines us. (1 Corinthians 15:57) And as if forgiving us isn’t enough, God chooses to forget our failures. (Isaiah 43:25)
- We are clothed with the righteousness of Jesus. (Romans 5:17) As a Christ-follower our sin was exchanged for Jesus’ own righteousness.
- We are a new creation! (2 Corinthians 5:17) God didn’t repair the old me, He created a new me in Christ.(Galatians 2:20)
Many other benefits are ours as well. Failure to know our benefits in Christ can cripple our faith. Satan works diligently to program our minds to feel unworthy. It is one of the most devastating strongholds among Christians today. The truth is that in our own power and effort we are unworthy – but, through the Blood of Jesus we are made worthy.
Although as Christians we have an awesome benefit package we also have a challenging job description. We like to talk about the benefits and freedom that we enjoy in Christ, as well we should, but we must also remember the responsibilities that accompany those benefits and freedoms. The same Bible that talks about Grace, Freedom, and Forgiveness and that home in Heaven also tells us what our responsibilities are in this world.
- We are called to be Witnesses, Teachers and Disciplers. (Matthew 28:19-20) God’s ultimate plan is to reconcile the world to Himself. We are His instruments in accomplishing that plan.
- We are to be Defenders of the Faith and Students of the Word. To do so we must keep our minds focused on Christ and study His Word. (2 Timothy 2:15) We cannot defend what we do not know.
- We are to be Attenders, Supporters, Encouragers, Givers and Workers in the church. (Hebrews 10:25) God wants us to use our time, our money and our personality for His kingdom and glory.
- We are to be Worshipers who Pray and are Thankful. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18) We cannot help but worship God with prayer and thanksgiving when we remember all that He has done for us and has promised to do for us.
As Christ-followers we should live each day with thankfulness for our God-given benefits and with a determination to be faithful in fulfilling our responsibilities as Christians.
Truth to Be Claimed: Being a Christian has both benefits and responsibilities.
Application: Thank God for the benefits of being a Christian. Ask God to help you fulfill your responsibilities as a Christian in a manner that brings honor and glory to Him.
Solo Deo Gloria