Questions about becoming and being a Christian: 5. How should a Christian live?

How should a Christian live?

One of the most memorable and iconic sound bites at the start of this twenty-first century will no doubt be the line from Barack Obama’s victory speech in the light of his 2009 election win, in which he powerfully and triumphantly proclaimed, ‘Change has come to America.’ Whatever you think of Obama, his policies and practices, what a spine-tingling occasion that was! And yet, despite their greatest desires, politicians and policies can never bring real, lasting change.

Real change, the Bible teaches, comes only when a person accepts Jesus as Lord and King of their life. Change comes from the inside, not simply through external cosmetic changes. It is at that moment that a person enters into a wonderful relationship with the true and living God. This new friendship with God needs to be cultivated and deepened. Therefore a key part of the Christian life is to spend time growing in the knowledge of God. This is done by reading the Bible, His word, through which God communicates to us. It also includes spending time with other Christians who have a similar desire to know, understand and apply the Bible and worship Him. This is His church: a group of believers who meet for this purpose.

Like a person who has received some good news, you’ll want to tell everyone about it. As I have said before in this book, my job takes me on the road for most of the year. Therefore my relationship with my wife, children and grandchildren is often via my mobile phone. When I receive good news I dial their number and excitedly tell them. That’s what you do with good news – and the real, changed Christian is like that with the good news of Jesus. They just won’t be able to keep it to themselves.

Those who saw and heard Jesus’ teachings said at the time, ‘For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.’ (Acts 4 v. 20)

Christians today should feel the same.


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