Do you call yourself a Christian? If so, does your life look like that of someone who follows Christ? Here are some questions you can ask yourself that might be useful as you examine your walk with Christ and help you determine if you are walking in the light, or walking in darkness.
*Is my circle of friends comprised of people who have no evidence of living for Christ?
*Do I prefer to sleep in on Sundays and then hang out with friends?
*Am I comfortable around sin?
*Do I participate in sinful activities/coarse joking, with no remorse or concern?
*Do I live in sexual immorality?
*Is it not on myradar to live a life that honors and pleases Christ?
*Is prayer or bible reading non-existent in my life, except for when you may be in a crisis?
*Am I at ease using the holy name of God or Jesus Christ as an expletive, or in a flippant manner?
*Do I mock or roll my eyes at people who constantly talk about Christ?
The examples above would be those of one walking in darkness. If you call yourself a Christian, yet answered yes to 1 or most of these, you are likely lying to yourself, and it’s time to pause and do some evaluating. The book of 1 John is a litmus test for examining our lives to see if we are truly in Christ, or if our Christianity may be more of a cultural, or American Christianity.
Let me be honest and tell you a few things that some who consider themselves Christians may not want to hear.
Acknowledging God exists doesn’t make you a Christian.
Acknowledging Jesus exists doesn’t make you a Christian.
Giving a hat tip to “the Man upstairs” in an awards speech doesn’t make you a Christian.
A country singer singing a gospel song doesn’t make them a Christian.
Attending church doesn’t make you a Christian.
Living in America and being a good, decent citizen doesn’t make you a Christian.
What makes you a Christian is your relationship with Jesus Christ. A life surrendered to Him and desiring to obey His commands is the mark of a Christian. A true follower of Christ wants to be around other believers. A true follower of Christ HATES his sin and lives a life that is ready and willing to repent. A true Christian loves the things God loves and hates the things God hates.
So, if you aren’t sure where you stand with Christ, take some time and do as scripture says. Examine yourself to see whether or not you are in the faith. Are you sorrowful over your sin? Are you sensing that God may be calling you to repentance and to a life of following Him and leaving your old self behind? Because once you are in Him, He gives you a new heart and new desires. Desires for a different way of living. Those walk in sin love darkness. But 1 Thessalonians 5:5 says of Christians:
“For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness.”
If you desire to live your life for Christ and walk in the light rather than darkness, here’s how:
Recognize that you are a sinner and that your sin separates you from God. None of us is good. Not even one person. Romans 3:23
According to God’s law, sin must be punished, and what we earn for our sinfulness is death. But God became flesh in the person of Jesus Christ, who lived a perfect life and gave Himself as the final sacrificial offering for the sins of man. Romans 6:23, John 1:14, Matthew 20:28
Jesus died on a cross, taking our sins as a substitute for the death we deserved, and rose again on the third day. Whoever repents and believes this shall be saved. Romans 10:9, 1 John 4:10
We cannot do ANY of this ourselves. Salvation is a work of the Holy Spirit that changes the heart. Ephesians 2:8-9
I sincerely pray that whoever may read this is either already walking in the light of His mercy and grace, or if not, that you will put faith in Christ today. If you do this, please tell someone who can guide you to a solid Bible-teaching church where you can be baptized and join other believers in worship. A life walking in the light isn’t an easy road. But being a “child of the day” is the only life worth living! And in the end, we will rule and reign with Him forever!