Are you a Christian?
It’s just a blunt question. People answer this question in many ways. Yes, No, Didn’t you see my name, that itself should tell you.....Yes, I was born in a Christian family….Yes, I go to church.....Some of these responses do not mean much.
I for one was a nominal Christian up to age 18. Once while waiting to board a train, I was confronted by an evangelist who asked me the question-Are you a Christian? I promptly showed him the cross at the end of a chain around my neck. Well; that was what being “Christian” meant to me at that time. That was around 25 years ago.
Being a Christian means to have an intimate relationship with the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It’s not enough to have a head knowledge of Christ; a heart knowledge and acceptance of Christ and His Word is essential and vital to being a Christian. In the Gospel of John Chapter 3, we read of an influential Pharisee who comes to Jesus and says "Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him."(John 3:2)
He meant to praise Jesus and get on His good side. And that’s what many people try to do. Try to get on God’s good side.
But Jesus told him bluntly, “, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.”(John 3:3)
Jesus meant to say, “Just get this right man, if you want to enter the kingdom, it’s not on your terms, but on mine.”
Have you been planning and living according to your own game plan to enter the kingdom of God? It’s better to put a stop to that this day.
Jesus says, “, "I tell you the truth; no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.” (John 3:5)
You have to be born of “Water” and “Spirit” to enter the kingdom of God. Water here refers to the Word of God which one has to accept in his/her heart and live according to it. Spirit here refers to the Holy Spirit who comes and lives in us when we accept Jesus as Lord and Savior of our lives.
Nicodemus knew the laws well; he was a teacher of Israel, but he didn’t have a personal relationship with God. And that is what God desires of everyone. He wants us to know him personally.
Have you known Him personally? Has He become your Savior? Do you feel that the Holy Spirit is living in you?
The Bible says, “Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you?
If you are still a nominal Christian (just for name sake) and want to change that status of yours to having a personal relationship with Christ, do pray this prayer.
Dear Father In Heaven,
I confess that I have been living my life without knowing you personally. I want to have a personal relationship with you through your son Jesus. I confess that I am a sinner and I know that I will perish in my sins if I do not accept Jesus as my Savior and Lord. Forgive me all my sins and unrighteousness and wash me with the blood of Jesus and make me a new person this day. I believe in my heart and confess with my mouth that Jesus is your son and He died on the cross at Calvary for my sins and that He was resurrected and ascended to heaven and sits at your right hand with all authority given to Him by you. Today I accept Him as Lord and Savior of my life. I pray that your Holy Spirit may come and abide in me. Let Him guide me each day of my life through your Word. Let Him fellowship with me daily and show me what is right and true. Help me live a life, holy and pleasing to you.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.