~* LORD, I WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN *~
Spiritual

Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
II Peter 1:4

A CHRISTIAN IS...
A mind through which Christ thinks;
A heart through which Christ loves;
A voice through which Christ speaks;
A hand through which Christ helps.

"Sir, I want to be a Christian."

The text for this spiritual song is thought to have been an outgrowth of this remark made by a Negro slave to a minister, William Davis, sometime during the mid 18th Century.

How would you have replied to this request? Many people today use the term Christian simply to mean someone other than an Orthodox Jew, a pagan, a Buddhist, a Muslim, or a Hindu. Or they equate it with a person who is a "church member" or perhaps someone who has a strong humanitarian concern for others.

The word Christian was first used with the people of Antioch because they believed the account of the gospel by personally accepting God's free gift of salvation and making Christ the Saviour and Lord of their lives (Acts 11:26). They literally became CHRIST-ians -- little CHRISTS. After he has taken the initial step of salvation, a Christian should develop a growing desire to model the virtues of godly living--Christ-like living. The Bible teaches that a Christian should make every effort to add to his faith goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love (II Peter 1:5-7). Christians, then, are to be effective representatives for God in a corrupt world and a living demonstration of the transforming power of Christ.


Lord, I want to be a Christian in my heart, in my heart.
Lord, I want to be a Christian in my heart!
In my heart! In my heart!
Lord, I want to be a Christian in my heart!

Lord, I want to be more loving in my heart, in my heart.
Lord, I want to be more loving in my heart!
In my heart! In my heart!
Lord, I want to be more loving in my heart!

Lord, I want to be more holy in my heart, in my heart.
Lord, I want to be more holy in my heart!
In my heart! In my heart!
Lord, I want to be more holy in my heart!

Lord, I want to be like Jesus in my heart, in my heart.
Lord, I want to be like Jesus in my heart!
In my heart! In my heart!
Lord, I want to be like Jesus in my heart!



*For Today*: Acts 4:12, 16:30 & 31; Romans 10:10; I Corinthians 15:49; Colossians 3:9 & 10; II Peter 1:5-10

Would you be able to explain the term Christian if someone should ask? Are you consciously trying to add Christ-like virtues to your faith? Pray that you will be a worthy representative and demonstration of the gospel, and be ready always to share with others how they, too, can become a Christian.

Music url: The Cyber Hymnal

Taken from Amazing Grace -- 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions Copyright 1990 by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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