The significance of being a Christian


 
It is always exciting to see someone become a Christian.  Even when an observer doesn’t understand all that is involved, they often sense something meaningful is happening, especially as time goes on and changes begin to occur in the baptized person’s life.  Sadly and too often the significance of becoming a Christian appears to get lost.  Over time, even Christians can fail to appreciate that significance.  When this happens, they often fail to grow as they should.
It’s helpful for a Christian to reflect often, and remind oneself of the significance by asking such questions as:  What did I do?  How did I feel about it?  What have I received?  What are the implications and consequences of what I’ve done?  What has happened to me since that time?  What have I become?  What is different about me?  To summarize these questions, what is the meaning, importance, and value of becoming a Christian?
It’s important for one who is approaching the decision of becoming a Christian, as well as one who reflects back on what happened when they became a Christian, to consider that a Christian is a “New Creation.”  A Christian rises out of the watery grave of baptism to newness of life - Romans 6:4-5 (KJV) “⁴Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. ⁵For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection.”
Old things have passed away, and new things have come - 2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV) “¹⁷Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
This new creation is made possible by virtue of a new birth.  If Nicodemus seemed confused over being “born again” in John 3:4, then most certainly men are no less confused today.  Phrases such as “I’m a born again Christian” seemingly used to indicate a special kind of Christian betray some possible misconceptions.  You see, there is no other kind of a Christian than one who has been born again for that’s how we become Christians in the first place, born of water and of the spirit.  We don’t get born again later after becoming a Christian.
This new creation then embarks on a life long journey of renewal.   To complete that journey, the inner man needs to be renewed daily - 2 Corinthians 4:16 (KJV) “¹⁶For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.”  This renewal is a daily battle for who and what controls our minds.  Romans 12:2 (KJV) “²And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
The significance of being a Christian then is seen in realizing that one is no longer the same person that they were.  When they became a Christian they became servants of righteousness instead of servants of sin.  They were reborn, became a new creation, and they changed masters.  Romans 6:17-18 (KJV) “¹⁷But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.  ¹⁸Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.”

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