“Is it not in your going with us, so that we are distinct…?”
What sets us apart as Christians? What makes us distinctly Christian? Is it conservative politics? Is it upright morality? Is it having parents who are Christian? Is it our church attendance? Is it maybe our biblical knowledge that defines us as Christian? While these are good things, they are not the distinctions of a Christian. So what is it? What is that one thing that makes a Christian a Christian? Christ’s presence…the Holy Spirit.
We can try to say it’s our good morals, our charity, or even our church attendance that makes us Christian, but in the end, what it comes down to is our relationship with God. It’s not that clean living or attending church or biblical knowledge are bad things…but they are products of, and tools for, fostering a relationship with God. Being in God’s presence is the goal of every situation and circumstance of our lives. And the truest mark of a Christian is the desire to be in God’s presence every second of every single day.
I have walked through so many seasons where I have tried to define myself as a Christian by doing all the right things, by having the right theology, by knowing the right people. But I am finding nothing matters if Christ isn’t present. And none of these good things that should be part of a Christian’s life could even happen if Christ were not present.
Is it not God’s presence in our lives that makes us distinct among all the peoples of this earth?