|Clouds building across Lake Diefenbaker.|
I have no problem identifying myself as a writer. I completed Nanowrimo three times over in one year. I’m not claiming to be a good writer—just a prolific one and for that reason alone, I have no doubts about the writer side of the equation.
Christian is a much more daunting identification. in Acts 11:26, we are told the word Christian is first used in Antioch. For years, I’ve thought about it as simply a follower of Christ or a believer but this name says much more.
Galatians come from Galatia, Ephesians come from Ephesus. I haven’t gone back to the Greek on this one but in English, it’s hard to miss Christian follows the same form. Just as Galatia was the hometown of Galatians, the early Christians appeared to those around them as coming from Christ. What about the early followers of Christ inspired those around them to see them as having Christ as a homeland? Kind of goes against the Oliver Wendall Jones saying, “Some people are too heavenly minded to be any earthly good.”
I love Jesus—no doubt about that but do the people around me see me as a Christian? Or am I just a church attendee and in the world’s eyes that makes me a person who follows a restrictive lifestyle dictated by a God they don’t understand?
It’s a struggle that I think I’ll continue to fight, doing my best to live a life worthy of being identified as a Christian. I think my writing will reflect my heart, just like the overflow from my mouth as mentioned in Luke 6:45. I pray that overflow shows my love for Jesus in every word.