I have been diving freshwater lately, Lake Tahoe in the sierras and Folsom Lake in the valley. Why? I am completing some training to be a divemaster, and when you live in Nor Cal you dive lakes. Diving lakes, however, reminds me of why I dive oceans, and more importantly, why I am a "marine" biologist.
Occasionally someone will hear that I am a marine biologist and they will begin asking me about their latest trout or bass fishing excursion. I politely remind them that a marine biologist, by definition, studies living things in the ocean.
marine = ocean
Which leads me to the importance of understanding the words we use, and the words we define ourselves by.
The Bible records a moment in history where a name meant something. Acts 11:26 says, "For a whole year Paul and Barnabus met with the church and taught a great many people. And in Antioch the disciples were first called Christians." Why were the disciples in Antioch call Christians?
disciple = follower
I am guessing they were called Christ followers because they followed Christ. Duh. They spent a whole year learning about Jesus from their teachers and they followed so closely they got the name. They were known by what they did. Or more importantly, they were named for who they followed.
Consider the following:
If you call yourself a Christ follower, how true are you to your name or your study?
If you have observed Christ followers, how closely do their lives resemble that of Jesus Christ?
If you have only learned about Christ by his followers, would you be willing to take a look at who he was in the Bible and learn more about him?