Do you consider yourself a Christian? Then you must be a follower of Christ. You must believe certain things about Christ. You believe Jesus Christ, the divine Son of God, the second person of the Trinity, is Lord of all. He is Lord of lords and King of kings. The Bible says, “God has made Him both Lord and Christ” (Acts 2:36).
Not only so, but you also trust in Christ. The Bible teaches you to receive salvation from the terrible consequences of sin when you sincerely bow before Christ and commit yourself to Christ as your Lord. You trust in the Lord of glory as the one who died on the cross in payment for your sins. You truly believe this same Lord Jesus was raised from the grave in order to give you new life. This is not all.
You also dedicate yourself to serving Christ as Lord. Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father” (Matthew 7:22). The point is, you cannot confess Christ as Lord and live contrary to His will and also say your confession of Christ is a true one. Rather, you must “prove yourselves doers of the word and not merely hearers only who delude themselves” (James 1:22).
You see, your conduct shows which way you are running. Whether you are running the race of life in service of Christ or whether you are running in the other direction in opposition to Christ. You cannot have it both ways. You cannot say you are a follower of Christ and live as though you are not. To help you think this through, click here and listen to a sermon called, “Which Way Are You Running?”