By LISA SCARBOROUGH
What does it mean to be a Christian? The title describes one who has accepted the gift of salvation, they have repented of their sins, acknowledged that Jesus Christ is the son of God and accepted his Lordship over their lives.
Once we have become a Christian we are called to do the following things:
Jesus defined the old and new covenants with this commandment, Mark 12:29-31, “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one, Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
Jesus left his disciples with this charge in Matthew 28:18-20, “Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.””
Read God’s word, Joshua 1:8 “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”
Be baptized. Luke 3:3 ”He (John the Baptist) went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.”
Pray. Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
Attend a fellowship to encourage others, Acts 2:42 “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”
John 13:34-35 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Hebrews 10:24-25 “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another — and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
Use gifts to serve others. 1 Peter 4:10-11 “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies — in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ.”
Matthew 20:25-28 “Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave — just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
This is just a small glimpse of the many versus in the Bible that direct our walk as a Christian. I tried to highlight the first steps on our walk. Jesus’ gift of salvation should motivate us to do all that he calls us to do. We have accepted eternal life from the God of the Universe and he is worthy of all praise, worship and obedience from his children.
If you have not already become a Christian, God is waiting for you to answer the call. He desires that all come to him.
Lisa Scarborough is the director of Love In Action in Ketchikan.
Perspectives is a regular column sponsored and written by members of the Ketchikan Ministerial Association.