We Love Being Christians
Be Strong, Be Well — Thursday, August 20
What do you love about being a Christian? No doubt there are many things. Our choice from the list of answers will depend on where we are in that moment and circumstances of our lives.
Our spirit will say we love being Christians because God our Father and the Lord, Jesus Christ gave us the wonderful gift of salvation. When we sin we are continually cleansed and forgiven (Romans 8:1; 1 John 1:7).
We love being Christians because of the spiritual blessings we have in Christ (Ephesians 1:3). This would include the privilege of approaching God’s great throne in prayer, and the peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:6, 7).
We love being Christians because we have become brethren together with Christ (Hebrews 2:11, 12, 17, 18). By becoming like us in human form, God’s Son has shown His willingness to help us in our times of need (Hebrews (4:14-16).
We love being Christians because we enjoy the fellowship of being a part of God’s family. These days we may be thinking more about our church family than we had been. Some of us are together briefly once a week in fellowship and worship, along with elbow bumps and air hugs. We long for the day of handshakes, hugs, sharing meals, and being together in each other’s homes. What a great blessing we have in our church family!
We love being Christians because we know where we’re going. We know our future. No, not the everyday events of our life here on this earth, but our future home in heaven (1 Peter 1:3, 4).
Although the difficulties and turmoil that life sometimes brings, some might be tempted to give up hope. This world can’t offer any hope (1 Corinthians 15:19; 1 Thessalonians 4:13). But for Christians, we have a wonderful future no matter what happens in this life (Luke 10:20; 1 Peter 1:2ff; Romans 6:22). We must hang on to that hope.
We love being Christians because even though we have an adversary who is trying to devour our eternal soul (1 Peter 5:8), we have a more powerful Advocate (1 John 2:1), the One who died to deliver our eternal soul (2 Corinthians 1:10). “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4).
Brethren, we can rejoice each and everyday, for we are Christians! —Chris