Daily Devotional

Acts 11:23

Then when he arrived and witnessed the grace of God, he rejoiced and began to encourage them all with resolute heart to remain true to the Lord.

In Acts 11 we are blessed by the evidences of true discipleship. This is where followers of Jesus are first called "Christians" (Greek: christianos = followers of Christ).

What are the marks of a true Christianos?
They receive the word of God (v.1).
They defend the gospel of grace (v. 2 ff).
They go to all people without misgivings (i.e. doubt, discrimination, judgment) (v. 12).
They refuse to "stand in God's way" (v. 17).
They accept God's granting repentance to people different from us (v. 18).
They preach to anyone who will listen (v. 20).
They daily acknowledges the need for God's helping hand (v. 21).
They witness the grace of God all around (v. 23).
They remain true to the Lord, no matter what (v. 23).
They are full of the power of the Holy Spirit (expressed in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control (v. 24).
They provide for the needy (vv. 28-30).

To all of us who declare "I am a disciple of Jesus; I am Christianos," Acts 11 shouts, "Then act like it!"
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