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Why Be a Christian?
Thursday, November 29, 2012 • Posted November 29, 2012

Jesus said, “If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed” (John 8:31). We understand that He has invited each of us to come to Him and yoke ourselves to His teaching (Matthew 11:28-30), but let’s consider a few reasons why we should follow Him. What are some of the reasons for following Christ? Why do I want to be a Christian? In Isaiah 62:1-2, Jehovah God promised to give His people a new name. We see this promise fulfilled in the book of Acts when those who obeyed the gospel were called Christians. This name is found three times in Scripture: Acts 11:26 “the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch,” Acts 26:28 “then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian” and 1 Peter 4:16 “yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.” Sadly, this divinely bestowed sacred title has been traded in for sectarian designations given by men. Most of these names are not even found in Scripture and serve only to divide. One reason to become a follower of Christ is so that you can wear the grandest name known to mankind, Christian. Do you call yourself a Christian or do designate yourself by some other religious name? Secondly, Jesus said, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). This dark world needs the light of Jesus Christ reflected by His followers. The Christian must be an example to others by the way they conduct themselves (Philippians 2:15; 1 Timothy 4:12). Everyone who wears the name of Christ should strive to be kind, compassionate, selfless, benevolent, holy, loving, peaceable, hardworking, honest, pure and gentle. As a Christian, your life can give those around you a sample of Jesus. This only happens when a Christian’s manner of life is worthy of the gospel (Philippians 1:27). You should become a Christian so you can have the greatest impact on the world around you. How is your influence? Thirdly, the Holy Spirit compares Christianity to an athletic event. In sports, most athletes will step up to a challenge and give their very best when they are competing for a prize or a title. Did you know that it’s no different in the spiritual realm? In speaking of the Christian race Paul said, “know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain” (1 Corinthians 9:24). God wants us to understand the nature of the Christian life. It takes even more determination and discipline than Olympic athletes display. God demands our very best, and that makes Christianity a challenge (Matthew 22:37). This is why Paul said, “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14). You should become a Christian in order to rise to the highest challenge. Are you up to the challenge? Lastly, the best reason to become a Christian is seen in 1 John 3:1, “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God.” The Scriptures speak to us of the wonderful privileges of having a relationship with our Creator. As His children we can approach His throne of grace for help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16). We can draw near to Him in every circumstance and know for certain that He will draw near to us (James 4:8). Our Father has invited us to cast our cares upon Him and assured us that He cares (1 Peter 5:7). The Christian has “a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1). You should become a Christian so you can enjoy an intimate relationship with your Creator. How is your relationship with God? If you have not been born again, you are not yet part of the family of God, but you can become a follower of Jesus Christ by obeying His gospel (John 3:5; Galatians 3:27; Acts 2:47; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 1:3). Would you like to wear the most powerful name, influence your family, community and world for good and aim for the highest of all goals? Come be a Christian. If you have a Bible question, please call (830) 868-9911, email or visit worship services. The church of Christ in Johnson City meets on Sunday at 10am for Bible Class, 11am for Worship, 6pm for Worship and on Wednesday at 7pm for Bible Class. Further Bible study opportunities are available through the Gospel Broadcasting Network at streaming Bible lessons 24 hours a day, Sundays at 7:30am tune in to KLBJ 590 AM for a radio Bible Study with Don Walker, at 12 noon tune in to KDRP FM 100.1 for a Bible Study with John Moore and In Search of the Lord’s Way airs on Austin channel 54 on Sunday mornings at 8:00.

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