Following our acceptance of Jesus Christ, the next question is how do we live as Christians in a way that pleases Him. As Christians, our lives are supposed to replicate that of Jesus.
In Genesis 1:26, it says God created man in His own image and after His likeness. If we were created in God’s likeness, it means we have attributes of Him.
Jesus sends the Holy Spirit to dwell in us. The Holy Spirit is a personality that communicates the thoughts of God to us. He directs us in our daily movements as to what we should do and shouldn’t do.
Certainly, we don’t live like we used to again once we have become born again. Our lifestyle changes. Things we enjoyed doing before but were not approved by God will need to change because we are now new in Jesus and we ought to live as Christians.
The essence of living a godly lifestyle is to follow God’s purpose for us and live according to His will. Through faith we accept a God we can’t see, and we should be able to live according to His terms.
As believers, we need to stick to what is right and learn to flee from evil. Many believers find it difficult to live this Christian lifestyle in this world today.
We struggle to differentiate what the best style of living to please God is from what our flesh really desires.
Steps to follow in living as a Christian
Listed below are some ways we can live as Christians and glorify God with our lifestyle:
1. Commit to reading the Bible and praying to God on a regular basis. The Bible says in Romans 10:17 that faith comes by hearing the word of God. The only way we can experience God is by reading His word.
To know His thoughts and promises towards us, we must first know we pray to have intimacy with Him. The Holy Spirit can show us what is to come and also direct our steps.
Prayers help to strengthen our relationship with God, while the Bible serves as a guide to living as Christians.
2. With respect to reading our Bibles, it is also advisable to engage in meaningful discussions with other believers.
When we hear testimonies and encouragement from them, it increases our faith. The Bible says in Hebrews 10:25 that we shouldn’t forsake the gathering of the brethren.
3. We should be bold in talking about God with the people around us. In so doing, we’re helping the spread of the gospel.
4. In the aspect of giving, it is a necessity for every child of God to do so. Jesus lived by example when He was still on earth. The Holy Spirit should be able to guide us in giving.
5. There are many questions as to whether a Christian is allowed to drink alcohol, smoke or listen to secular music.
Imagine a scenario where you walk into any place and find your pastor taking a bottle of alcohol. How would you react or feel towards the pastor?
Many people are of the opinion that it isn’t wrong to drink alcohol because Jesus turned water to wine. They say it’s not stated in the Bible that taking alcohol is a sin.
It only speaks of getting drunk, which the Bible condemns. Be the judge yourself. Is it wise to drink alcohol considering alcohol has a tendency to make someone an addict?
Smoke once and it continues. Smoking is not acceptable. Smoking is addictive. Not everything is directly stated in the Bible as a sin, but the Spirit of God condemns it.
How listening to secular music can affect your life as a Christian
First of all, I want you to know that sounds carry spirit. A song that talks about sex will sometimes make a person think about sex and want to engage in it.
There are also songs that lift the spirit and give inspiration. We are supposed to sing songs that glorify God. If we must listen to secular music, then we should be careful of the lyrics and the intention behind the song.
I pray the Holy Spirit helps us to live according to God’s will.
I love that we still have people who would boldly come out to defend their faith. It’s challenging.