What is a “Christian”

What does it mean to call myself a Christian? Many people argue that to be a Christian or to be saved means to declare Jesus as your lord and savor. That is definitely necessary but I believe that there is so much more to being “saved.” It starts with God pursuing us. He is the initiator. To be saved is to respond to his pursuing you. So how do you respond to God? You spend time with him. You spend time with fellow Christians who are also responding to God. You get baptized in the name of the father, son and Holy Spirit. You join God in the work that he is doing in this world by serving with him. What does this looks like? It is different for each person because we were all uniquely made.
So for all those who wonder what it mean to call yourself a Christian, it means you give yourself to God. You give your time, heart, resources and trust that he will use them to bring glory to himself and his kingdom. He pursues you and you answer with “YES God I am willing to be yours.” You get baptized with water and spirit. You walk with Jesus.
Revelations 3: 14-22 “These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness;and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see. Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

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