because of God's love

What makes you a Christian?
Day 21

by Gini Crawford, MSW

     The most important piece of knowledge you can have is the knowledge of what makes you a Christian. This is because that knowledge enables you to choose whether you want eternal life or eternal death. Let me go over with you what some people might think makes you a Christian but doesn't. Loving God and others doesn't make you a Christian. Going to church or doing godly or good things doesn't make you a Christian. Reading the Bible doesn't make you a Christian. Praying a certain prayer doesn't make you a Christian. All these things God very much wants you to do, but they don't make you a Christian!

     So what truly makes you a Christian? To become a Christian, you must believe, in the Jesus Christ of the Bible. That's what makes you a Christian, nothing else can. Let's summarize Jesus of the Bible: He is the One True God who died on the cross for your sins and rose from the dead. He became a sinless Man so He could be your substitute and die on the cross to pay the penalty for your sins (1 Corinthians 15:1-4).

     I need to emphasize this, it's very important that you realize you are a sinner! If you don't, then you really don't believe you need Jesus' death on the cross to pay for your sins. Ask yourself, and be truthful, do you believe you are a sinner who needs a Savior? Do you really believe in the Jesus Christ of the Bible, that He is God and that His death on the cross is the only means by which you can have your sins paid for? If you do, then you are a Christian.

And the witness is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, in order that you may know that you have eternal life. 1 John 5:11-13 NASB®

     If you just became a Christian, share it with some people who are Christians. (Welcome to His family. Please let me hear from you too!) If you answered no to those questions, thank you for being honest. Please keep doing this devotional, reading God's Word and asking Him to show you His truth about Jesus Christ and yourself. God tells us that if we truly seek Him we will find Him. Remember life is an eternal journey with the most important part being the part that is in eternity!

Life Application

     Read John 3:16 and rewrite this verse in your own words. What is this verse telling you to do to receive eternal life instead of eternal death?

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