Little Christ

Are we “Christians” or Christians?  There was a time where the name Christian meant little Christ.  It used to be a name that had meaning.  Now, it seems there are a lot of people taking on the name “Christian” and forgetting about the action that comes along with it.  Are we truly being a little Christ?  Do we look so much like Jesus that people would say “you are a little Christ”?  There’s more to being a Christian than carrying a name. There’s more to being a Christian than saying “I love Jesus.”  There’s more to being a Christian than saying “I’m in a Christian band.”  A little Christ ought to look different from other people (I’m not talking about a physical difference).  The actions of a little Christ should speak so loud that we should not have to say “I am a Christian.”  People should automatically see a difference in our lifestyle, our speech, our love, and everything else about us.  There is a huge difference between being in the world and being of the world.  When a “Christian” looks no different from the rest of the world; something is wrong!  You see, I believe there is more to being little Christs than praying a “magic prayer” and stamping on a label that says “I”m a Christian.”  I believe that when we receive Jesus as our Lord, something changes inside us.  We have now been bought, and our life no longer belongs to us!  It is at this point that we become a little Christ and now LIVE for HIM!  Wherever we work, people should see a difference in our life.  Wherever we go, people should want to know what we have and what they are lacking.  So here’s the deal:  by reading a Bible, find out what it means to be a real Christian – a little Christ.  Then APPLY it!  Are you a little Christ?  If so, how do you stand out in a world that is full of “Christians”?

James 1:22Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves.  Do what it says.

Britt

Britt Johnston - Student and Missions Pastor Graduated from William Carey in '04. Attended New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary for Grad School from 2004-2007. Married Michaela on April 14, 2007.

4 Comments On “Little Christ”

  1. Love it, Britt! This is so applicable to everyone today.

  2. Britt-
    This is so right were I am. I want to make a difference in peoples lives and bring people to God not just by my words but by my actions and I want people to see what a difference God has made in my life by the way I live my life. I have several friends right now who are going through some really hard times and I’ve been really sharing my testimony and reaching out to them and talking to them about how awesome God is and how it is through Him that I am able to take on and succeed in all that I do and that if they would surrender their lives to Christ and let him take the wheel that all things are possible and that door will start flying open for them because they will be living their lives for Christ. I pray that not just them but everyone I encounter can see that I am a Christian, not because I say it with my mouth but because I say it with my life. You really hit hard with this one…Thanks!

  3. where does it say that the definition of christian is “little Christ”

  4. Jeromy,

    I learned about the derogatory term in a class titled “The History of Christianity.” There are many manuscripts out there that testify to the history of the Scriptures and background of the time. If you haven’t already, I would suggest reading “The Story of Christianity” Volumes 1 and 2 by Justo L. Gonzalez. Hopefully you will find this useful. Now to answer your question:

    The name “Christian” (Greek Χριστιανός) was first applied to the disciples in Antioch, as recorded in Acts 11:26. Some contend that the term “Christian” was first coined as a derogatory term, meaning “little Christs”, and was meant as a mockery, a term of derision for those that followed the teachings of Jesus.

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