We Are Christians First
Warren E. Berkley
Are you a Christian? If you are, that relationship to God should govern everything you do about everything, all the time. When you first obeyed Christ in baptism, you were making the commitment to be a Christian and to be a Christian first.
You have a job, but you are a Christian first. Everything you do as an employee should be governed by your higher calling. “…obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eye-service, as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God,” (Col. 3:22).
You are a neighbor, but you are a Christian first. Your treatment of your neighbor should be based on your love for the God who made your neighbor (Jas. 3:9; Matt. 22:36-40).
You are a member of a local church, hopefully, one that exists and works with full respect for the teachings of Scripture. Your ultimate loyalty is to Jesus Christ, the head of the universal church (Eph. 1:22 -23). If there is ever a conflict between the local group and the Head, your commitment is to the Head (Col. 2:19).
You may be a citizen of the United States, but you hold higher citizenship in Christ’s kingdom (Col. 1:13; Phil. 1:27, 3:30). Our higher citizenship should rule over all our involvement in our American citizenship. Everything we do as good citizens here should be a function of our higher citizenship.
In all that we do, we are Christians first. Our relationship to God through Jesus Christ ought to empower and enable all that we do from baptism until death. Our first identity is, a Christian.
Truth Connection: “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you,” Matt. 6:33.