Living a Life of Difference as a Christian

To function on earth even as God functions in heaven, that is why He made us in His Own Image, according to His likeness (Genesis 1:26 NKJV).

Living a Life of Difference as a Christian
By John B. BABADARA

The Christian life is not a call to religion, getting along with some 10 mosaic laws or just attending church services. It is a call to the life of God.

To function on earth even as God functions in heaven, that is why He made us in His Own Image, according to His likeness (Genesis 1:26 NKJV). Everyday God is making difference in the order of the Universe. He intervenes in hopeless situations, He cures diseases, answers prayers and comforts the broken hearted.

As a Christian, you should remember, you are saved to make a difference by living the Christian Faith every single day. Ephesians 1:3 (NKJV) says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly”. Simply, we have been blessed, loaded and equipped with all we need to make a difference in our generation.

There are many ways you can give back and make a difference as a Christian.

1 Act Right Always 
Be a good example for others.  People hardly have time to read the Bible but they are observing you. As a Christian you should lead by example. That means following Christ’s teachings. If you live according to the scripture you cannot be wrong. Everything you do in your life should reflect the goodness of God. Be aware of this, you are the Jesus of your generation. Let this be your blotter in every circumstance, ‘what would Jesus do…’ Be a good example. Don’t participate or laugh at sinful stuffs. Just walk away. Show people life, be positivity, smile, and do good works. Don’t be enticed by sinners’ way. Resist the temptation to backbite others. Be kind to all men, including those who appear less privileged. At every opportunity, be a model Christianity every day everywhere. And while engaging with non-Christians, be humble, kind, patient, and respectful.

2 Love Indeed 
Love others and be willing to help them even at a price to yourself. True love always cost something. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son… John 3:16”. And Jesus Christ’s ministry anchored completely on His love for the lost and confused. And here is a fundamental commandment that Jesus gave during his time on Earth; “to love others as you love yourself”. Pride of life, ego and status are the some of the enemy’s tools to stop us from loving indeed. However, “we are more than conqueror”, God has asked you to love indeed, yes you can. It will cost you precious things but you can. Whenever you give love in act or deeds to people, you are giving unto the Lord. And He is a faithful Rewarder.  Love your neighbour as yourself. As you do the talk, also walk the walk.

3 Be Teachable
Be apt to teach. Be happy to do the good works you do. However, note that you may make mistake even when you have the best intention, take correction both from Holy Spirit – the Comforter and people. It can be more challenging to show a positive attitude when you are rejected or otherwise face criticism. Nevertheless, be able to take rejection or criticism with grace.  If someone tries to correct you and overdo it, don’t be rude or reactive. Just show them forgiveness and love before they ask for it. Forgiveness is a Christian trait. And being teachable will endear you to the Holy Spirit. More importantly, when you fall, forgive yourself too, and heed the counsel of the Holy Spirit. Learn, unlearn and relearn.

4 Learn Your Faith
“Study to show yourself approve unto God, a workman who needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth- 2 Timothy 2:15”. Keep studying your faith. Continue to study and learn about your faith as you get older. Know that even much matured Christians are still working on their knowledge of God.

Attend Christian gathering with a heart that wants to learn. Attempt to answer questions by coming out of your comfort zone. Once you step out of your comfort zone, others too will be encouraged to do the same. Study the scriptures to understand the deeper meaning behind each theme. Understanding how the Christian doctrine: the Trinity, Salvation, Holy Spirit Baptism, Heaven, Hell, etc. fits into the entire account of the Bible is important. Diligent study of the word of God will empower you to live the life God intended.  When others see the positive change caused by your faith. They will desire what you have.

5 Share your faith 
Beyond religion, it is important for people to know what you stand for. What changes you. Tell others about your faith. This doesn’t mean that you should force your beliefs on others. However, let them know what keeps you strong, kind, happy and gentle. In all you do, share your belief in the power of God, and that you take all your worries, pain and frustration onto God in prayers so that you don’t have to handle them yourself. Let them know God can bear their burdens too. More also, share your testimony to encourage others especially the church.

Finally, understand that Christianity has nothing to do with jostling other religions. Christianity is a peaceful and loving way of life. Learn to love the people around you for who they are and that you cannot change them by shoving the Bible down their throats. If you want to show how Christianity has made you a better person, do it the practical ways discussed above. To make a difference in other peoples' lives, let it begin with yours. If you are not rightly placed in God and if you don't understand your faith, it will be harder to make a difference.

--- John B. BABADARA



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