Saturday, 19 July 2008

And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch

We call ourselves Christians today to show we are followers of Jesus Christ. But not just His followers we are His servants. We have been bought with a price (1 Cor 7:23), therefore we are not our own but we are His.

Today we don’t think to much about slaves and the consequence of one being a slave, but in the first century they would have well understood what a slave was (see Rom 1:1, James 1;1, 2 peter 1:1 and Jude 1:1). These apostles and prophets counted themselves as bond-servants of Christ. A bond-servant was one who chose to bound himself to another – to become his slave. When we call Jesus our Master or Lord we are acknowledging that relationship He is the Master, we are the slaves. Rightly did Jesus say, “Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” Luke 6:46. If Jesus is our Lord and master we need to do as He says.

Before Christ’s followers were called Christians they were simply known as his disciples. A disciple is a student, learner or a pupil. “A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher.” Luke 6:40

As well as thinking of ourselves as Christians we need to think of ourselves as disciples. Students of Christ who have as our ambition to become like Him. Now, we know that the aim is far above our reach but what a wonderful goal to strive for. As they say, shoot for the moon for even if you miss you will be among the stars.

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