“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
Do you remember that first time you got saved? That overwhelming feeling that just can’t be described with words? I remember that day just like it was yesterday. I was 18 years old and I had only been going to church a few months when my pastor asked the congregation if anyone wanted to accept Jesus into their heart. I got so excited inside at the thought of being saved- I wasn’t even sure what being saved truly meant but I knew I wanted it. I knew because since I had started going to church, I had noticed that the people there possessed something I wanted. Just by watching how they acted, how they spoke, and even how they thought, I realized that they had it.
All throughout my life, people had told me that I needed Jesus in my life because it was the right thing to do. They told me I should act this way and that. They told me I should speak like this and not like that. They told me I should go to church every sunday. But that’s it- they were just doing a lot of talking. Why do we as Christians all talk so much? Do we practice what we preach? Or are we just preaching to other people what we don’t practice?
My goal in life ever since I was saved was to live a life so Christ-like that people didn’t have to ask if I was a Christian- they just knew. I want people to look at my life and relationship with the Lord the way I looked at the lives of the people in my church and think “I want that. I want to live like that.” I want them to see that I am born again and that Christ lives in me.
Some say that the “Christian” label has gotten a bad reputation so they instead refer to themselves as simply “Followers of Christ” or “Disciples” instead of taking the “Christian” label. But the truth is- these are just a bunch of words. We’re still just doing a bunch of talking. It doesn’t matter what we call ourselves- whether it be “Christian” or “Disciple”- what truly matters is how we act and speak and live our life. Don’t just go around telling people what it means to believe or what the definition of your religion is. BE the definition of your belief.
This devotion was written from the heart of Nealey Sims.
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