Do You Know Where the Word "Christian" Comes from?
Did you know that the word “Christian” comes from the Greek word christianos, meaning “little Christ”? And that the accusers of Jesus’s disciples used it as an insult? “Check it out, there’s the ‘little Christs,’” they would say. So, what was meant to be a jeer became a blessing for billions of people. What a beautiful historical irony …
But why did the opponents of “the Way” call the disciples “Christians,” “little Christs”? The believers’ lifestyle was so clear and unmistakable that this name was assigned to them. Because they put into practice what they had learned from Jesus, they completely achieved the mission that was given to them (and to us): to represent Christ and make Him known!
So what do we ourselves need to do to represent Christ? Rather than pummeling our neighbors with judgments through the strategic use of Bible verses, the gentler and most effective approach is, without a doubt, standing alongside Jesus through reading His Word and setting time aside to be with Him. The more we know Him, the more His character rubs off on us.
Yesterday, we took a look at some of the traits that make up Jesus’s character (see the Bible, 1 Corinthians 13:4-8). You can dig even deeper with your own study if you’d like, but here are a few other attributes:
- His submission to the Father: Jesus agreed to relinquish everything to follow His Father’s will, knowing that God’s ways are superior.
- His compassion: Jesus was the friend of sinners, and knew how to go beyond appearances and judgments straight to the hearts of the ones who needed Him.
- His humility: He is the King of heaven; yet, He became a servant of all.
Make the decision to continually know Jesus better and better, so that you may resemble Him a bit more each day!
Thanks for existing!
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