By Victor Ochieng
Statistics show that the number of Christians in America run into hundreds of millions, with members of the faith accounting for 70.6% of the American population, according to a 2014 study by the Pew Research Center. These figures are based on church membership and personal proclamations. Are all these people true Christians? Ever asked yourself whether or not you’re a true Christian?
Below are some questions that can help you know whether you’re a true Christian or not;
Do you ever do anything about your soul?
Most self-proclaimed Christians only think about their spirituality when they’re facing challenging times, when in church or when attending a funeral. It never goes beyond that moment. Are you one such person? If so, remember a true Christian must do something about their spiritual well-being, both in good and bad times. “They come unto you as the people comes, and they sit before you as my people, and they hear your words—but they will not do them…And lo, you are unto them as a very lovely song of one that has a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument: for they hear your words—but they do them not.” (Ezekiel 33:31-32).
Are you only satisfying your conscience only through “formal” religion?
There are millions who go to church just to have a clean conscience that they’re doing God’s will. These people never miss any church service; never miss any Holy Communion; never skip a church activity, and are good observers of special Christian holidays. In most cases, it all ends with that single activity and they have to wait for another. A true Christian, however, must put what they learn into practice and do so daily.
Have your sins been forgiven you?
Every professed Christian will tell you they’re not perfect. They’ll tell you they’re sinners because of their human weakness. As a Christian, you must ask yourself whether or not your sins have been forgiven. Being human, we’re prone to error, meaning we’ve got to repent every single day and beseech our Lord Jesus Christ to cleanse us. Do you do that?
How many times do you think of your spiritual being?
From the beginning of the year to the end, millions of professed Christians think only about their businesses, studies, families, and jobs. They never give much thought to their spiritual lives. People who belong to this lot don’t know where they are in salvation; they don’t have even the slightest idea of the significance of their spirituality.
Did you go through conversion to God?
As humans, our hearts are inclined to sin, and without conversion, we cannot grow to know and hate sin, rejoice in acts of holiness, have unwavering faith in Christ and love God’s people and have a serious distaste for anything worldly. By conversion, you become a totally new being. “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature.” (Matthew 18:3, John 3:3, Romans 8:9, 2 Corinthians 5:17).
Do you regularly partake of God’s means of grace?
Jehovah God has given us His grace and He’s given us means to continually enjoy in that grace. Five of these are; reading the scriptures, constant prayer and public worship, partaking of our Lord’s Supper and cherishing the rest of the Lord’s Day. These have been appointed by God’s Holy Spirit to help us in our daily walk in faith. Without partaking of the above, we get spiritually weakened.
Do you continually do good in the world?
As Christians, we should emulate the example set by Jesus Christ. What was so pronounced about Jesus’ life on earth was His constant good works. He walked the earth, healing, comforting, providing (spiritually and physically), and showing compassion to the inhabitants of the earth. As a Christian, are you constantly involved in doing the good works of the Lord?
If Jesus came back now, would he find you ready to receive Him?
Nobody knows the day or the hour of the second coming of Jesus Christ. As human beings, we can only read the signs of the end time, but cannot tell the exact day when Jesus will return. Secondly, we’re not even sure whether we’ll be alive the next hour or not. We may live now and tomorrow be no more. As a true Christian, it’s therefore important to constantly ask yourself whether you’re constantly spiritually ready for Jesus’ second coming.