BEING A CHRISTIAN
What Does that Even Entail?
Hey everyone, I have begun writing yet again! Here is what I wrote for all who wish to learn from Christ, and this is a great list to print out to share with other people who might want to know how to be a Christian!
Here is a quote from Billy Graham from My Hope For America:
"Times haven’t changed that much. There are still many parts of this world where proclaiming the Gospel carries a great risk. Yet it is still our responsibility as individual Christians, wherever we are, to speak up like Paul and Timothy–to do the work of an evangelist and tell as many as we can the Good News of Christ’s atonement for our sins," http://billygraham.org/decision-magazine/october-2009/the-work-of-an-evangelist/
Jesus says in Mark 9:41 that if anyone “gives” so much as a cup of cold water to another person simply because they want to please Christ then that person will not lose their reward. This is figurative and very powerful about Christ's view on generosity. Jesus is illustrating to us that when we give, God gives to us in return. Jesus did not want giving to be random or sporadic, neither did He want us to give only when it seemed safe to give or easy to give. Christ's promises us all of our needs in Matthew 6:25-34 and here He is now saying to give abundantly. Do not worry, what you give will be replenished. In Mark 12:41-44, Jesus talks about giving out of love for God and not out of your abundance, because it takes faith to give up what you need and expect God to provide that which you lack. A widow in the verses below gave only two pennies, but those two pennies were all she had left to give at all. In the same way we are called to be generous as well.
41 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. 42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.
43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”