Wednesday, March 9, 2011

What does it mean to be a Christian?

Since doing this blog one of the most common types of email that we get is basically "what does it really mean to be a Christian?"  It comes in different forms, but that is the most common question/comment that we get.

Some readers email thankful that Tebow is a good Christian example and others email questioning if something they've seen or heard about Tebow is how a Christian is really supposed to act or behave.

Well, how is a Christian supposed to behave?  What are we supposed to believe and do as Christians?  Jesus' answer to these questions was, "If you love me, you will keep my commandments."

Below are the 50 commands of Christ and their accompanying verses.  As we begin and celebrate the Easter season today, let's all see if we are "Christians", or not, based  not on what we say but instead by what we do. (And please notice how few start with "do not".)

(To all the readers who visit this page on a daily or weekly basis, we'd love to hear from you and  know how reading the commands of Christ has impacted your life.  Please email us!)
1. Repent (Matthew 4:17)
Repenting isn't just feeling bad for the wrong you may have done, but it means to change your way of thinking.  If you change how you think, you will change what you do. 

2. Follow Me (Matthew 4:19)

3. Rejoice in all things (Matthew 5:11-12)

4.  Let Your Light Shine (Matthew 5:16)
What you do will impact people far more than what you say.  Be a leader by example.

5. Honor God's Law (Matthew 5:17-19)

6. Be Reconciled (Matthew 5:23-24)
7. Do Not Commit Adultery (Matthew 5:29)

8. Keep Your Word (Matthew 5:37)

9. Go the Extra Mile (Matthew 5:38-42)
10. Love your Enemies (Matthew 5:44-46)

11. Be Complete (Matthew 5:48)

12. Be Discreet (Matthew 6:3-4)

13. Protect Your Heart and Treasure (Matthew 6:19-21)
14. Seek first the Kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33-34)
15. Judge not, or you too will be judged (Matthew 7:13)

16. Be Discerning (Matthew 7:6)

17. Ask, Seek, Knock (Matthew 7:7-8)

18. Bring in the Poor (Luke 14:12-14)

19. Choose the Best Way (Matthew 7:13-14)
20. Beware of False Prophets (Matthew 7:15-16)


21. Be Wise as a Serpent, Gentle as a Dove (Matthew 10:16)

22. Do Not be Afraid (Matthew 10:28)

23. Listen to God (Matthew 11:15)
24. Take My Yoke (Matthew 11:28-30)
25. Honor Your Parents (Matthew 15:4)
26. Beware of Compromising Your Beliefs (Matthew 16:6)

27. Do Not Despise Children (Matthew 18:10)

28. Confront Offenders (Matthew 18:15)

29. Honor Marriage (Matthew 19:4-6)
30. Be A Servant (Matthew 20:26-28)

31. Be a House of Prayer (Matthew 21:13)

32. Feed My Sheep (Matthew 21:15-16)

33. Ask in Faith (Matthew 21: 21-22)
34. Love the Lord with all Your Heart (Matthew 22:37)

35. Watch for His Return (Matthew 24:42-44)

36. Take, Eat, Drink (Matthew 26:26-27)

37. Watch and Pray (Matthew 26:41)

38. Teach all Nations and Make Disciples (Matthew 28:19)

39. Baptizing Them (Matthew 28:19)

40. Beware corrupting philosophies (Mark 8:15)

41. Deny Yourself, Be Disciplined (Luke 9:23-25)

42. Do Not Be Greedy (Luke 12:15)

43. Invite and Share with the Less Fortunate (Luke 14:12-14)
44. Receive God's Power (Luke 24:49)

45. Receive Power to Become the Sons of God (John 1:12-13)

46. Keep My Commandments (John 14:15)

47. Feed My Sheep (John 21:15-16)

48. Render to Caesar (Matthew 22:19-21)

49. Love Your Neighbor (Matthew 19:19)
50. Do to others what you would have them do to you (Matthew 7:12)