This verse of scripture (Acts 11:26) is living proof that people WILL take note of your Christianity. Your life is being watched, words listened to and mannerisms observed. If this makes you fell the need to live right….then it is as should be. Note: The people were first called Christians “After” they had been with Christ. Can someone say, “I’ve been changed.”
Coming from a man who fully understands what it means to actually be a “Joyless” Christian, it’s always good to know this was never God’s intent. But we see that after the death of Christ, the churches began to explode with new converts daily, who took their new found salvation to the masses. It was easy to spot these zealous believers because all they talked about was Christ.
These men and women were so ecstatic about their salvation through Christ, you couldn’t stop them from winning souls if your tried. Be nice if Christians would go back to this format of actually enjoying winning souls. God was on the move throughout all the cites where the name of Christ was proclaimed. “Jesus Christ” was quickly a household name and topic of discussion that had everyone wondering.
During that time it was like, “Hey, there’s another one of those fanatically Christians.” Unfortunately, these days Christians seem to keep their faith a mystery. It’s sad when you work with someone on the job for 5 years and never even know their saved….you just can’t tell anymore.
Never see them in their car at lunch reading their bible. Haven’t invited anyone at all to their church for service. Always fussing and bothered at everyone and everything that crosses their path. And we all know that it can be a fine line to express your faith while on the job, but nonetheless….Would “Christian” be a word you boss would associate you with? Just asking!
And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.Acts 11:26
Now, I don’t know about anyone else, but if someone were to mention that I remind them of “Christ,” I would seriously be honored. To me this would mean that as a Christian, I must do doing something biblically right. The scriptures says that after being in the area for a year, the disciples would begin to be called Christians. There literally was no one else to compare these saints to, but Christ.
Jesus told the disciples to “Observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.” And that’s exactly what they did and most certainly why God moved upon the lost cities of the day. Nothing has changed! If we as believers would be willing to once again take upon ourselves the characteristic of Christ, who knows what could happen. Maybe people will once again take note and desire to also be called a “Christian” for the first time.