Do you ever wonder what attributes should define your life? Do you ever wonder what it truly means to be a Christian? What should a Christian’s life look like? I’m going to answer all of these questions for you. Here are the three attributes of a truly Christian life:
“Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lamp stand from its place, unless you repent.” – Revelation 2:5
A person’s walk with God begins at the moment the Holy Spirit regenerates a lost child of God and brings them from darkness into His magnificent light. This is the moment when a person turns from sin and turns to Jesus. No longer does this person find their pleasure, security, and hope in the evils of this world. This is the moment that a person’s mind is changed from loving sin to loving Jesus. This is what it means to be repentant.
The Christian life is one of continual repentance. We are not made perfect until the day Christ returns to judge the living and the dead. We will be glorified, never to sin again from that day forth. However, sin still abides in our flesh. A Christian will always find himself on his knees asking God for forgiveness and turning from his sin.
“And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.” – Deuteronomy 8:3
A Christian ought to know that God is the creator of all the universe and the author and finisher of our faith. James 1:17 says “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”
Dependence comes right after we repent. We must not just turn from our sin, but trust in the forgiveness of God. We must depend upon the righteousness of Christ that was imputed to God’s elect at the moment we believe by faith. We must cling to the blood of Jesus as our only hope and plea.
We must realize that we rely on God for everything. That God is sovereign. We must depend that God will continue to love us even when we are struggling with sin. We realize that God has provided every dollar we have every made and therefore He will provide. We must depend upon God to give us the strength to live for him in boldness and love.
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”- John 14:15
The book of James teaches us that a faith that does not do the works of God is a dead faith. A person cannot truly say they are a “Christian” without a desire to obey God. Many people can confess with their mouth that they believe in God. Many people can even explain the gospel of repentance and faith. Many people can pray that God will provide for them and attest that in Him we must place our trust. Yet the true test of faith is obedience to the commandments of the Lord.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:8-10
Salvation is 100% the grace of God. It is God whose chooses, redeems, and brings a person into salvation. Yet Paul states that those who are saved not only have been predestined to salvation, but also to good works. Thus good works are the evidence that we truly have repented of our sin and depended on Christ for salvation.
“Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!” – 2 Corinthians 13:5.
Dear reader, have you examined yourself? Have you truly repented of sin and trusted Christ for forgiveness? Are you depending on God our upon yourself? Are you obeying the word of God or are you simply living life for your own pleasures?
Jesus issues us a warning in Matthew 7 saying;
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.
Will you examine yourself today? Will you compare yourself to the Scripture to see if you truly be in the faith? I pray that you would. Wherever you see yourself failing in one of these three area’s I hope that you will humble yourself, repent, and trust in Jesus.