by Gray Graham
There is a lot of confusion when it comes to what it means to serve God and follow Jesus Christ. We all see many different people that identify as Christians, yet they all have different ideas of what that actually means. It is important that when you are testifying before others that you clearly state what you believe, because simply saying you are a Christian is not going to make it clear.
As we see in the Bible, during the time of Jesus, there were many people that were said to be of the same beliefs yet they questioned everything that he taught. They believed him to be a heretic even though they could find no fault in his message, it just was not too their liking for their times. The same could be said for the various Christian messages we hear today.
For example there are people that while they call themselves Christians, do not believe that Jesus died on the cross for our sins. Instead they believe that Jesus was simply killed by people at the start of his ministry.
There are also people that do not believe that God will cast judgment on them when their life is over. They believe that it would be mean and cruel of an all powerful God to punish someone for not serving Him.
As you can hopefully see these views directly conflict with what is stated in the Bible, but there are people that do not believe in the Bible, yet they will still identify as a Christian. They are what I call cafeteria Christians, they pick those things from the Bible that they wish to follow and ignore those things that they will not follow.
So you see it is important to understand where people are coming when they say they are a Christian. As Jesus said everyone that says Lord will not be heard by him. He clearly tells us that it is important that we not only pray but that we watch those around us. Everyone that claims to be a friend is not trying to be a friend and not everyone is trying to serve God.
We are suppose to live our lives in service of God. In today's world that is going to bring you in direct conflict with the ways and laws of man. For while the Bible teaches us that fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, effeminate nor homosexuals will not inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9) saying this in our society will get you labeled as a hate monger and evil person.
It is hard to accept, but keep in mind, that more than likely serving God is going to cost you something in your life. It may be your job, someone you love, or even your life, but being a servant of God is a burden that we who follow Jesus must bare. Although it is hard at times there is no greater joy or peace in this world than following the will of God.