In Bible Study recently we discussed what does it really mean to be a Christian. Some have tried to turn being a Christian into a bunch of do’s and don’ts. So, being a Christian becomes just a bunch of rules. The word Christian literally mean’s Christ follower. As Christians we should be imitators or followers of Christ. I think it is more than following rules. As we grow in our relationship with Christ we should become more like Him. So what does that look like in our lives if we focus on following Christ and not just a bunch of rules? A good place to start is with three commands that Jesus gave.
The first two are found Matthew 22:36-40 – “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38This is the first and greatest commandment. 39And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments. So, the first command is to Love God. Loving God sums up the first 4 of the Ten Commandments. It is more than just saying the words “I love God.” If I love God then I will make my relationship with Him a priority. I will seek to follow Him all the time not just when it fits my schedule.
The second thing is to “Love others”. A result of loving God is showing love to those around us. Loving others summerizes the remaining 6 Ten Commandments. One of the complaints I often hear about Christians and Christianity is the way Christians act. As a follower of Christ my life should reflect the love and grace that He has given me.
The final thing that Christ commands us to do is make disciples. This is more than just making converts or adding numbers to our church. Making a disciple involves mentorship and teaching others to become a committed follower of Christ.