What Type of Christian are You?
I often wonder why people make being a Christian so complex. I literally searched through scripture to determine whether or not there was a "type of Christian" mentioned and I saw nothing. In fact, I only found 3 scriptures that actually used the word Christian (Acts 11:26, 26:28; 1 Peter 4:16). Technically, the disciples were called the first Christians and a disciple is a follower of Jesus Christ, so I would assume a Christian is a follower of Christ. Now, the level at which a Christian follows Christ may vary. As Christians we fall short , repent, and experience growing pains. We operate differently and at different levels, but just because someone doesn't flow at the same level of intensity of another doesn't diminish their position as a Christian. Think about it, David committed murder and adultery and still managed to be considered a Christian. Not because he was perfect, but because he followed the teachings of Christ and repented even in his errors.
There are too many people trying to recreate or enhance the meaning of Christian and with each definition I find that it limits who a Christian is. It often evokes comparison, a works mentality, and for some, it activates condemnation. I've heard the phrases of being a radical, private,cultural, overly spiritual, extreme, or real Christian, but ultimately, the adjective in front of Christian is only a personality trait rather than an identification of the person. Trust I've said a few of these before and I realized that for me to say there is a real Christian is to say say that a fake Christian exist and the reality is they either were a Christian or they weren't. Sometimes, we dwell so much on trying to categorize or compartmentalize Christianity that we miss living the Christian life God describes in His word.
Whether you're a martyr, Pastor, or school teacher, if you commit to being a follower of Christ through your thoughts, actions, and speech, then you are a Christian. Understand that just because you're not selling your house for missions doesn't make you less of a Christian. Just because you're not praying for hours a day or operating in all your gifts, doesn't make you less of a Christian. Just because you work for someone rather than starting your own business, doesn't mean you're less of a Christian. Our journeys as Christians will look and progressdifferently, but the foundation will ALWAYS be centered around receiving and operating in the love and truth of Christ. The level of your obedience may reap different crowns in Heaven, but your status as a Christian falls into either you are one or you're not, but not how much of a Christian are you. Hopefully, this challenges people to assess their own relationship with Christ based on God's word and not based on a man made definition of a type of Christianity.