IF YOU WERE TO DECIDE
to become a doctor, you
would need to believe that you could actually be
one; then you would need to realign your life to
do those things that would allow you to learn how to do
what a doctor does; and then you would need to
receive your credentials which lets the whole world
know that you are in fact...a doctor. It is
no different in being a Christian.
be a Christian is much like becoming a doctor. You need to first
what Jesus has done for you and realize that he has done
these things for you--you can be saved from hell, you can be a new
creature, you can be a king in God's kingdom, you can receive eternal life, you
can receive all the promises and hope that Jesus speaks of. Read the books
of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John in the Bible and realize what God has done for
you through His only begotten son, Jesus.
"And they said, Believe
on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house." (Acts 16:31)
After you believe what
the Bible says about Jesus and what he has done for you, then it is important to
your life to God's way of doing things and learn to do what Jesus
did...this is called repentance.
"I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish." (Luke
Our credentials for
being a Christian does not come in believing and realigning our lives alone, but
through the power of God that works through us through God's Holy Spirit.
the Holy Spirit so that we are able to live after the example
given to us by Jesus.
"He said unto them, Have
ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?..." (Acts 19:2)
To be a Christian means
that 1) we are convinced, believe, in what Jesus has done and who he is. 2)
Because of our belief in Jesus, we align our lives to match our beliefs 3)
We receive an actual part of God, the Holy Spirit, to live within us to give us
power to be His witnesses.