Many people claim to be Christians but they are not. And if one is not a Christian, he or she cannot be called a disciple of Christ.
Without a personal faith in the finished work of Christ, one could not be called a Christian.
In this post, we will examine 5 things that though they may appear good in themselves, they are not sufficient to qualify one as a Christian or a disciple of Christ.
1. Having Christian parents.
Yes, you are not a Christian simply because your parents are Christians.
Anyone can become a disciple of Christ irrespective of whether their parents know Christ or not. It is a personal decision. This is where those who see themselves as cultural Christians miss the point.
You are privileged if you have Christian parents. But that does not automatically make you a Christian or a disciple of Christ.
To become a Christian, you will have to enter into a personal relationship with God by accepting Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. Your parents cannot do it on your behalf; it has to be a personal, conscious decision only you can take for yourself.
2. Being a member of a local church
Christians go to Church, but truly speaking, not everyone who goes to Church are Christians or disciples of Christ.
Being a registered member of a local Church is good, but it is not the ultimate. Many people are members of the physical church, but they are not members of the spiritual one. Such people are not disciples of Christ.
The Church is the spiritual body of all believers in Christ on Earth irrespective of where he or she lives.
Despite being a member of a local church, you are not a disciple of Christ if you do not belong to the spiritual church, which salvation in Christ offers automatic membership to.
3. Giving a part of your income to God.
Some people feel that because they regularly give the tithe, donations or other forms of giving to the church they have earned their rights to be Christians or children of God. Far from it!
Irrespective of your level of financial support to a local church, you still have to get to the point of having to have personally committed your life to Christ in faith before Heavens can recognise you as a bonafide child of God.
Unfortunately, so many people there are that give money in church every Sunday who do not know Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. And as such, they are not disciples of Christ.
4. Fasting and praying.
You can engage regularly in prayer and fasting but that doesn’t make you a disciple of Christ. A good Christian should fast and pray as the needs arise, but fasting and prayer doesn’t make you a good Christian.
For your prayer and fasting to be meaningful, you have to have a personal relationship with the Lord to whom the prayers are directed.
Without complete trust in the finished work of the Cross, prayer and fasting profits little or nothing.
5. Doing good
Anyone can do good to people; even atheists do some form of good deeds.
You do not have to be a disciple of Christ to do some form of good to other people. But you cannot earn being a child of God or a follower of Jesus Christ by doing good. It is however expected that the disciples of Christ should do good.
In summary, having Christian parents, belonging to a local church, praying and fasting, doing good deeds are good in themselves but they are not what make you a Christian or a disciple of Christ.
To be a christian truly, you will have to have a personal relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ. In other words, you must accept Jesus as your Lord and personal Saviour.
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