So, you wanna know what it means to be a Christian?
Well, that's a loaded question, so before I answer it, I am going to make a generalization. Ready? Most people on earth have an incredibly hard time grasping the fact that becoming a Christian is as simple and easy as any kind of acceptance could be, and should be. It could even be easier than accepting money you didn’t earn, which is pretty easy. But it’s perceived as this hyper-religious event that includes different types of repentance rituals and what not, which couldn’t be further from the truth. And no, you are not stripped of all freedom to “live your life.” God didn’t come to steal, kill, and destroy, Satan did (John 10:10).
Another great thing that makes becoming a Christian so easy and beautiful and intimate is that you can be anywhere and accept Jesus into your heart. I’m talkin’ the shower, your car, a field, the movies, your best friend’s pool, ANYWHERE. The list goes on. In the most quoted, referenced verse in the Bible, John 3:16, it says that God loved the world so much that he sent His Son, Jesus, to die for it and all the people that have ever and will ever live on it, and that whoever believes in Him shall not spend eternity without Him. Along with believing in your heart (that means sincerely and genuinely) that Jesus is your Lord and Savior you must also confess with your mouth that He is just that (Romans 10:9). This means you must pray and ask Jesus to enter your heart and reside in it. Seems simple enough, right? I mean come on, it doesn’t get much better than being able to talk to Jesus and invite Him into your life AND you get to spend eternity in Heaven with Him! Humbling yourself and realizing that you were born a sinner, that you are a sinner, and that you need to be saved in order to inherit the kingdom of God is the most necessary life-changing experience that you need to have---and you’re forgiven of those sins! There’s nothing like it. And isn’t it so cool that Jesus doesn’t force Himself on you? He states in Revelation 3:20 that He stands at the door and knocks. If anyone were to hear His voice and open the door, He will come in and dine with them. He waits at the door of your heart to be invited, and guess what, He has a delicious meal prepared, wrapped, and ready to share, as well as wonderful conversation filled with wisdom, peace, and love. Sounds like the best dinner guest ever, huh? Except He’s here to stay, and every dinner will be better than the last.
Again, it’s so simple, yet so life-changing. That’s just God’s style, though. You know that saying, “nothing in life comes easy”? Well that doesn’t pertain to this major life event. But now you’re probably wondering--is there a hard side to Christianity? It can’t be easy all the time--and my response to that is: everything after becoming born-again is extremely hard. Why? Because living your life like Christ when we are natural-born sinners feels as impossible as possible (yes, that makes sense). But you know what’s really amazing? No matter how many times you mess up, you are already forgiven, and loved, and you’re not alone, not ever. That doesn’t mean you can just sin all day with no conviction or humility, though. You must act with intention. How does one do that? Well, first, you must read the Bible and stay there (this is one of the hard parts and takes a lot of discipline) and you must pray. Talk to Jesus like a father, a brother, a friend. You don’t need to recite a perfect prayer with “father God” said every 3 words. It doesn’t need to be formal. Be real, show any emotion you’re feeling, and most importantly, praise Him and thank Him (1 Timothy 2:8; Matthew 21:22; Lamentations 3:25). Those are the ways that will help you live like Christ. We can’t reach that kind of perfection 100%, but we can try, try, try--and that’s all He asks: that we try and that we trust in Him completely (another incredibly difficult thing). I don’t know one Christian who has it down, but thankfully, we aren’t alone in our journey that leads to Jesus (Hebrews 13:5).
So, in only so many words, that is what it means to be a Christian. There’s actually, like, a bajillion more things to touch on (this is the Cliff-notes version), which is why I started this blog: to expand, to elaborate, to explain, and to share. The Christian life is more than church every Sunday. It’s more than having a bible verse in your Instagram bio. It’s more than saving yourself for marriage. It’s a relationship with the One and Only, Jesus Christ--God’s Son who died to save us and we get to rely on Him, talk to Him, praise Him, and love Him--and He has made us NEW through our acceptance of Him into our hearts, if you choose to do so (Revelation 21:5). How blessed are we? Oh, and here’s another major perk: even if you don’t believe in Jesus, He still loves you! Curse His name? He still loves you. Worship your dog? He still loves you. Basically, if you do anything The Ten Commandments tell you not to Jesus still loves you. No matter what you do in this life, He loves you unconditionally and still wants you with Him forever. All you gotta do is stamp, seal, and deliver that invitation His way. However, His love doesn’t mean that you can constantly reject Him and do all those things mentioned above and more and still go to heaven. That does not get you to heaven. The ONLY way to get to heaven is if you confess that Jesus is your Lord and Savior and MEAN IT. He wants to be in your life. He wants to guide you and bless you and use you to glorify Him. He wants to spend eternity with YOU!
In closing, I hope I’ve made more sense than not, and if you’re confused, skeptical, or have any other questions just shoot me an Email, send me a DM, or better yet, open the Bible--that’s where all answers and truth’s live. Thank you for reading and I hope you stick around!
Sincerely + with love, Kaitlin