Are you a Christian with a small c ?

 

     Many people are called Christians because they are not a Jew or an Arab. The more appropriate title would be gentiles.  Others are labeled Christian because they have a Christian parent or grandparent. Obviously the application of the term is quite loose.

     About now you are wandering what the difference is between the use of the lower case c verses the capital C.  For one’s future there is an eternal difference that is of extreme importance.  The lower case c will be your entry pass into Hell for eternity, while the upper case C would be your entrance pass into Heaven forever!

     That difference is HUGE!  How does one achieve a capital C?  What must I do? Your mind must be racing about now.  To add to the confusion, actually a Jew can receive a capital C and many, many have!

     Having a capital C is a personal thing; it is a relationship.  It is not inherited through family nor is it achieved through association with others.  You, individually, must turn your life over to Jesus Christ; you must ask him to come into your heart and take control of your life.  You have a capital C when you are ‘in Christ’. Only His presence makes a capital C.

     The dictionary defines Christ as the Messiah which also means Savior.  Savior from what?  The Bible tells us in Romans 3:23&6:23 that, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. The wages (penalty) for sin is death (spiritual separation from God).” “But the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Sin is disobeying a Holy God and is a serious matter.  But God, in His mercy, gives us hope – a way out from eternal torment!

     Romans 5:8 explains, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”  He paid the penalty for your sins if you belong to Him. Romans 10:9 continues, “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”  The resurrection of Jesus 2000 years ago is an historical fact and His tomb is empty to this very day.

        This is beginning to make sense.  What happens if I follow the above Scripture verses?  @ Corinthians 5:17 answers,  “Therefore , if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”  Galations 2:20 adds, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who lives, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”  Your life will change when you have the capital C.  Your beliefs and attitudes will be changed for the better.  You will NOT become perfect – you will sin occasionally.  The difference will be that you will not ‘practice’ sin – you will not deliberately flaunt God.  When you inadvertently sin and are repentant, you will be forgiven. – Christ, the reason for the capital C will have paid for your sin.