For to me, to live is Christ . . . .
Think of all the ways human beings define themselves, beginning with gender: male or female. Then we often cite race: Caucasian, Asian, African, Latin, and so on. Then comes nation of citizenship: American, French, Brazilian, South African, Russian — wherever one was born or became a naturalized citizen. And the list goes on from there: region (“the South”), state (“Pennsylvania”), county (“Orange County”), city (“Dallas”), and even neighborhood or part of the state.
But there is one identifying mark that should supersede all others for the followers of Jesus Christ: Christian. A Christian can be of any race or gender, live in any nation, state, or town, and be part of any subgroup. Paul said in Galatians 3:28, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Paul also wrote, “For to me, to live is Christ . . . ” (Philippians 1:21) and, “For our citizenship is in heaven . . .” (Philippians 3:20).
People usually identify themselves by the label that is most important to them. Is “Christian” most important to you?
I reckon him a Christian indeed that is neither ashamed of the Gospel nor a shame to it.
Galatians 2:20 (NKJV)
20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.