The penny catechism definition of being a Christian is
"to serve God in this life and to be withhim forever in the next".
What makes us Christian is our loving, personal relationship with God and our whole life shouldbecome an expression of this relationship. As Christians we know that our lives are full of things passing we are called upon to pray for things eternal.
Some Important Truths
a) One important truth about our being a Christian is that it is a relationship initiated by God notby ourselves . God has chosen us, we have not chosen God by ourselves.
St. Paul makes thisvery clear to us in his letter to the Ephesians when he writes "For it is by God's grace thatyou have been saved through faith. It is not the results of your own efforts, but God's giftso no one can boast about it".
b) Another is that when we are truly converted as Christians we take on a new life as
St. Paulexplains to us in his letter to the Galatians when he writes "So far as the law is concernedhowever, I am dead killed by the law itself, in order that I might live for God. I have beenput to death with Christ on his cross, so that it is no longer I that live, but it is Christ wholives in me. This life that I live now, I live by faith in the son of God, who loved me andgave his life for me".
c) Another truth is that we share in the eternal life of Christ. Our life does not end with physicaldeath. In Revelations it says
" He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will be nomore death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away ".
Some of the Practical Implications of being a Christian are:
We can trust in God our Father to help us in every way to achieve salvation. Jesus in the gospelof
St. Matthew tells us "Would any of you who are fathers give your son a stone when heasked for bread? Or would you give him a snake when he asks for fish? Bad as you are,you know how to give good things to your children. How much more then will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him".Worrying
In being a Christian we ought to stop worrying. Jesus reminds us in the parable of the
Rich Fool,the futility of worry, when the man told himself I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, where I will store my corn and all my other goods. Then I will say to myself luckyman ! You have all the good things you need for many years. Take life easy, eat, drink, andenjoy yourself! But God said to him " You fool ! this very night you will have to give upyour life; then who will get all these things you have kept for yourself? And Jesusconcluded, this is how it is with those who pile up riches for themselves but are not richin God's sight".Brothers and Sisters
We are all brothers and sisters in God's Christian family. There are real opportunities todemonstrate this brother and sisterhood as we move on to join or form prayer groups, bible studygroups, lay societies and associations, they abound in our communities. There is the chance toshare our time, our joys our sorrows, and common interest in Jesus Christ. Most of us don't findthis opportunity for sharing anywhere else.