I listened to a podcast by 9Marks this week that asked the question, What Makes a Good Pastor? Good question.
If you are interested you can listen to it at www.9marks.org
Since most of you who read this blog are not pastors, I want to change the question to, What Makes a Good Christian? Another good question.
We often define what it means to be a good Christian by a list of Do’s and Don’ts.
They DO read their Bible every day; pray; go to church etc.
They DON’T gossip, get angry, harbor resentment etc.
All good things.
Or we define it with passages like Galatians 5:22-26 which lists the Fruit of the Spirit.
Manifesting the Fruit of the Spirit is a good start but there is more.
Just like there are many things that play into making a good pastor, there are many things that play into making a good Christian. Let me list just a few.
A Good Christian . . .
-loves God with all of their heart, soul and mind, and it shows in how they live life (Matthew 22:37).
-is willing to submit their lives (decisions, emotions, will) to the Word of God even to their own detriment and discomfort (James 1:21-25).
-is passionate about and dedicated to Jesus, His Word, His Church and His people (add John 13:34-35 to the above two passages).
-shows forgiveness and mercy to those who don’t deserve it – without hesitation (Matthew 18:21-35, Micah 6:8).
-struggles with sin but ultimately chooses the path of forgiveness over the path of pleasure (1 John 1:9).
-lives in the power and holiness of the Spirit of God (Galatians 5:22-26).
-lives a life of love and knows that sometimes that includes doing the difficult thing (1 Corinthians 13, 1 Timothy 5:20).
-understands that their life is about God and not themselves (1 Corinthians 6:19).
There is more. This is just a start.
Being a Good Christian is not something that just happens to you. It’s something that you’ll have to work at. To strive for. It won’t be easy.
But it is what God wants. It’s what He’s asked us to do.
I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called.
Stay in the Word