Are you a Christian?
Christianity is one of the major religions in the world today and is of course based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. From the onset Jesus sought to bring change and transformation in the lives of those who listed to Him and even those who would come to the knowledge of His teaching through the efforts of His disciples then and now. ( John 3:3; 2 Cor. 5:17; John 17:17-20).
The million dollar question is: how has Christianity transformed your life? Does your life revolve around Jesus Christ? How much is your decision influenced by what Christ would have done if He were in that very position you are in at the time you are required to make a decision? Apparently Christianity's influence in the society seems to be waning by the day.
It is apparent that Christians are letting Christ down in the manner in which they conduct themselves. The conduct of many a man or woman who claims to be a Christian leaves a lot to be desired. Otherwise how would one explain the enmity, jealousy, hatred and other atrocities committed or encouraged by those who claim to be Christians? Christians in today's world seem to find very few things that frighten them in this wicked and sinful world, "they hear and read so much of debasing crime that the once tender conscience, which would have recoiled with horror from such scenes, becomes hardened, and they dwell upon these things with greedy interest." — Ellen G. White, Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 460, and thus it is almost impossible to point out a Christian if character or principle is the measure.
As you take an inventory of your life, how much have you been transformed in to the likeness of Christ? Do you find yourself putting Christ first in everything in your life? Many at times many a Christian seem to take things for granted and probably imagine that professing to be a Christian is enough. Christianity is all about being different, i.e. how we talk, what we eat, how we dress, our conduct, thinking and all other spheres of our day to day lives and activities.
We should "therefore make confession unto the LORD God . . . and do His pleasure: and separate" ourselves "from the people of the land, and from the strange wives" (Ezra 10:11). Emphasizing the importance of being separate, Paul asks Christians to "come out from among them, and be ye separate . . . and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you" says the Lord (2 Cor. 6:17). This will only be possible if we invite Christ into our lives and asking to transform us. Only then can we say like Paul, "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me" (Gal. 2:20), and will be transformed into His likeness day by day.
By Stephen Sisei