What exactly is a Christian?

Selwyn’s answer is: ”a Christian is someone who has eternal life. This is the primary reason why God sent His Son into the world – ‘that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him’ (John 17:2)”. The next verse in John goes on to say:”Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.”

As Selwyn says, ‘Eternal life, then, consists in knowing God.’

This additional extract expresses this important point in a simple and accurate way; ‘Everyone who comes into this world is spiritually dead. Though people are alive to the world they are dead to God. None of us can produce the life of God in our soul by self-effort, and thus no one can make himself or herself a Christian. Salvation is a gift, not something we merit or earn. And there is only one Person who can give us this gift – Jesus Christ Himself.’

I’ve repeated a lot of what Selwyn has written for today – because it’s an important message – it’s expressed concisely and his language is to the point.

It’s a message that we all should reflect upon – everyday of our lives - so that we can live each day of our life, in gratitude for the gift that we have received. What do you think?