As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. – Colossians 2:6-7
There are many ideas today about how to be a Christian. Some think you are a Christian if you attend church. Others think you are a Christian if you believe in God. Still others think that wearing a cross or having Christian parents or grandparents makes you Christian. Isn’t it more involved?
Being a Christian means being a disciple or student of the doctrines of Jesus Christ. His teachings are revealed in the record of His life and teaching in the Holy Bible. The Bible is the exclusive and definitive source available to us concerning Jesus. Any other record is at best deuterocanonical or at worst duplicitous and authored to deceive believers. Therefore, as we have received Jesus Christ in the Bible, so we ought to walk.
My ideas and your ideas are secondary to Jesus’ ideas. His teachings are the manifestation of absolute Truth while our teachings are based on relative and finite experiences. His life has no beginning or end. Our life began at birth, and without Him, it ends at death. He was sinless, while we have all fallen short of the glory of God. You see, it makes sense to follow Jesus. He has all the answers.
So going to church is good, but it is better to be a building block Jesus uses to share the Truth. Believing in God is excellent if that belief means we follow His commandments. Wearing clothing and signs of our faith is a testament to our Savior, but when we represent Him, we must do so as ambassadors and not drunken fans. Our behavior reflects on Him. Finally, we should be thankful for godly ancestors, but their good works are a credit to Christ and not to us.
“According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:3-8).