What do I have to do to be a Christian?
Just believe that Jesus died for ALL your sins (and mine).
Just believe without His death and resurrection for our sins you (and I) would go to hell.
Just believe, that’s it.
He does not require you to DO anything else.
In speaking with a friend today she brought up the topic of God punishing people for their sins. A friend of hers felt that an individual she knew died because God was punishing that person for sins in their life. Pretty much she was saying that that person could not have been a Christian because she did not DO something. In this case it was not stopping a particular activity she was doing.
The activity did not lead to her death; her death was actually caused by complication from a surgery that was totally unrelated to the activity in question. This beautiful, young, 21 year old woman died and my friend was terribly broken up about this young life. The comment she received was, “God was probably punishing her for a sin in her life.”
That’s not how God operates.
God expects us to believe. He does not expect me to be judge and jury over anyone else’s life; that’s His job not mine. He will convict me of sins in my life that he wants me to change.
If someone else asks me for guidance in an area in their lives I will offer advice.
“1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.
2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?” Matthew 7:1-3 KJV
If I judge others then that is the bar that is set in my own life. For example, if I tell another person that they should not swear. I have now set the bar that if I swear I am going to be judged by that same bar.
We must be careful that we don’t not expect others to DO something in addition to believing in order for them to be a Christian.
There is no requirement besides belief.
“16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
BELIEVE; that is all that is required.
You don’t need to stop smoking to be a Christian.
You don’t need to stop drinking to be a Christian.
You don’t need to stop _________ (fill in the blank) to be a Christian.
You don’t NEED to DO anything except believe.
As Christians we must remember this.
God, who knows a person better than we ever could, He will lead in that person’s life and direct them to His will in His time, NOT our time and NOT by our own “RULES” we make up.
Climbing off my soapbox…