If Christianity had to be summed up in one simple phrase, that phrase would be: “Following Jesus.” When Jesus called His disciples, He often used the words, “Follow Me.” Today, the call is still the same. The Christian is called to follow Jesus. What does that look like? How is that done? What does the Christian life mean?
A Christian is someone who has been reconnected to God the Father through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. The relationship with God is broken when we sin. But, the Christ follower has responded in faith to Jesus in such a way that the believer realizes that Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty of his sin. And, in faith, a person receives the grace of Jesus so that the sin is forgiven and the relationship with God is restored.
Once that event has occurred in someone’s life and he or she has become a Christian, the personal relationship with Jesus is an ongoing and growing relationship. As with any relationship, the relationship with Jesus will continue to grow stronger by spending time with Him and talking to Him. Christ followers spend time with Jesus by reading His Word, the Bible, and letting its truth and peace sink into their hearts and change their lives. They communicate with Jesus through prayer, which is talking to God. This relationship continues to grow through worship and fellowship with other believers in their local community. Worship is simply ascribing to God the worth He is due by recognizing and acknowledging who He is.
Along with the growing of a personal relationship with Jesus, the Christian also will plug into the life and ministry of a local body called a church. The church is not a building instead, the living church is the followers of Christ joined together for the purpose of doing what God wants them to do together. Through encouraging each other, praying for each other, supporting each other and ministering to each other. The members of a church will grow in Christ together. God never intended for his children to have to walk through life alone. God wanted followers of Jesus to walk with other to help each other along the way. This group of Christians walking together is the church.
Finally, followers of Jesus are also instructed by Jesus to be telling others who have not yet come to have a personal relationship with Him. This relationship with Jesus is so important and life-changing that they want others to experience their joy and freedom in Christ, too.
Christians are followers of Jesus. As followers of Jesus Christ, they seek to grow in their personal relationship with Jesus, connect with other through the church, and share with others what Jesus can do for them, too.