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How can I be a Good Christian?

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Question: "How can I be a good Christian?" Answer: Wouldn't it be great if the Christian life had a check list? A recipe of sorts to provide instructions that we could follow to ensure we were being "good Christians"? Few things in life really work that way. In fact, even recipes followed exactly don't always turn out. They fail to account for effects of the weather, slight differences in ingredients, variance in oven temperatures, or a number of other factors. And "good" is in the taste buds of the eater. So what does it take to be a good Christian? Many will say that it means reading your Bible daily, praying at least twice a day, serving at church, tithing, supporting a missionary, evangelizing, and the like. These are all great activities for Christians, but they are not what the Christian life is all about. A Christian is someone who has been made new in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17) and restored to relationship with God. The Christian life is about getting to know God, enjoying Him and bringing Him glory (Isaiah 43:7; 2 Corinthians 3:18; John 17:1–5, 22). It is true that when we know God certain actions will naturally result. Jesus said, "You are my friends if you do what I command" (John 15:14). But before that He said, "I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. . . . Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. . . . This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete" (John 15:1–11). Obedience—living the "good Christian" life—flows from a loving relationship. And obedience helps us remain in God's love and therefore experience His joy. Being a "good Christian" is not about performing certain actions. It is about growing in love for Christ and allowing His Holy Spirit to transform our hearts and lives. Jesus is the author and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2), the recipe-writer and taste-tester for our lives. As we seek to know God and glorify Him, we also get to enjoy Him (Psalm 73:25—26). The good Christian knows God, enjoys God, and grows in grace. Read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/good-Christian.html#ixzz3biyqMyjh

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1 Sarah R = "Some of the mentioned activities, like reading your Bible, praying, going to church, are for drawing closer to God. That's vitally important. Just as anyone who has tried to maintain a long distance friendship or relationship can attest to, it is difficult to keep a close relationship with someone you don't spend regular time with. Likewise, in order to improve our relationship with God and maintain it properly, we need to spend time with Him.The danger is that we may fall into thinking that all the things we are "doing" are somehow "earning" us our salvation or righteousness. When this happens we fail to realize that we cannot be more saved then we already are in Christ and we cannot have more righteousness than we already have in Christ. Yes, the Bible talks about heavenly rewards, which we can look forward to, but the things we do should be done out of love, not out of a feeling of obligation or pressure."
2 Sarah R = "You ever had such a close relationship with someone that they start to rub off on you? You pick up some of their sayings, quirks, and mannerisms? A relationship with God is like that, only even more so because God lives INSIDE of us. The closer we are to Him, the more we pick up His ways and become like Him. That will be reflected in our lives."
3 Sarah R = "To me, grace is Holy Ghost empowerment to become more like Jesus. Therefore, to grow in grace means to increase in Christ-likeness through the unmerited power of God's Spirit. Now let's rephrase my question in these terms: "Am I relying on the Holy Spirit to make me more like Jesus - in my home, my ministry, my relationships?"This question applies especially to mature Christians -- people who have built a spiritual foundation over the years through regular Bible study, a consistent prayer life and godly instruction. If this describes you, let me ask: After all your studying, praying and learning, are you still becoming more like Jesus? Are you more compassionate, meek, merciful and forgiving than you were at this time last year? Or, has your growth been stunted? Have you settled onto a plateau of zero growth?Here is one way to tell if you're growing in grace: God has been merciful to you -- so, have you in turn been merciful to others? If you're not sure, ask yourself: How do you respond to the hurts others cause you? Are you kind and gentle? Or do you grow angry and bitter? Are you patient and understanding, or irritable and argumentative?By David Wilkerson. See more at: http://sermons.worldchallenge.org/en/newsletter/are_you_growing_in_grace"