“I am a Christian First” is written on a blank canvas, and it speaks volume because it indicates everything starts with God. Watch this, before you were that company top executive, mother, father, husband, wife, actor, actress, apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers, etc, you were first a Christian. So, who is a Christian – (a follower [seeker or adherent] of Christ)? Being a Christian is like wearing a badge of honour, and must be worn, treated with dignity, integrity and respect. Now, if we have this understanding that we are Christians first, I do believe, it will help us navigate how we deal and interact with day to day challenges of life.
“Then Barnabas went on to Tarsus to hunt for Paul. When he found him, he brought him back to Antioch; and both of them stayed there for a full year teaching the many new converts. (It was there at Antioch that the believers were first called “Christians.”) Read Acts 11:25-26 (TLB). Christians in this context refer to someone who is supernaturally revealed. In other words for you and me as the people of God, we have been revealed to the world.
The Bible says, “Your lives light up the world. Let others see your light from a distance, for how can you hide a city that stands on a hilltop.” Read Matthew 5:14 (TPT).
“I’m setting you up as a light for the nations so that My salvation becomes global!” Read Isaiah 49:6b (MSG).
Both scriptures reveal something quite interesting; watch, the reason why we are Christians first is so that we light up our world, and secondly, through the light we carry, we disperse the gospel of Christ to the whole world; especially in your sphere of influence.
“The very first step to becoming a follower of Jesus Christ is the humble admission that we need Him. Nothing keeps us out of the Kingdom of God more surely than our pride and self-sufficiency.” John R.W. Stott.
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