Does anyone find that the most difficult aspect of writing is how to start your piece?
What do people call it? Writer’s block? (Well technically I’m not a writer, per say, as this is my first article! Wow!)
Anyway, after pondering on how to start my article for a good hour, I thought I may as well start by:
So, my name is Mary Iengo.
I’m a 19 year-old from Adelaide. I have an American and Italian background and some of my favourite things that I enjoy eating are hoagies and pizza. But most importantly, I am Christian.
The word Christian was given to the early followers of Jesus, and over the generations Christians have grown to include people in every continent. Being a Christian is not about following a set of rules and regulations, being a “perfect” human being or even going to church. It's about relationship — a friendship with Jesus Christ.
Just as I have introduced myself, I thought I would introduce Christianity or what a Christian life looks like!
God laid down his only Son, Jesus Christ, on a cross for all to see; the SON loved so dearly by God paid the price by bearing the sins of this world, the sins that you and I have committed so we could experience a relationship with God and an eternity in His presence. Through this, Jesus has given us a love incomparable to any other and it teaches us to love just as God has loved us.
After Jesus was resurrected from the grave, he left this word, commonly known as the Great Commission, to be fulfilled by all those who love him:
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18 - 20)
Jesus encourages us to make disciples; to evangelise and be a light in the darkness to the people around us. However, when he tells us to “go and make disciples” he’s also calling us on a deeper level to mentor and disciple others. To take someone under your wing in order to facilitate their spiritual growth and fulfil their purposes in God.
So, we are called to make disciples.
He goes on to say in verse 20, “Teach them to obey everything I have commanded you.”
Jesus has called us into a life of not only love and grace, but of righteousness.
He has called us to be righteous. And to show others how to live righteously.
What does this mean and what is a righteous life?
I believe a righteous lifestyle is living by godly morals and values with the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. Righteous living is standing up for the Christian faith and biblical principles in this society.
Like the scriptures says in John 1:23 we are called to: “Prepare the way of the LORD!”
As someone who has just started university this year, it’s amazing to see how people adamantly promote and push their ideas and tell you how you should live.
Sometimes, as Christians who have a more conservative stance on controversial issues, we tend to keep quiet or keep our opinions to ourselves. However, God has called us to have a purpose driven life. A life set apart and in accordance with the Great Commission.
God leads you into the unexpected, into things you would neither comprehend or imagine. He always provides you with opportunities to evangelise, mentor others into a relationship with Him and show others how to live righteously.
I have only been at university for five months now and already God has given me so many opportunities to evangelise with peers who ask me questions about my faith, my morals and my standards.
It’s like I’m always being interviewed! But that’s because I take the opportunity to make others aware that I am a Christian.
Evangelism can start as simple as this:
- When people ask what I did on the weekend, I tell them I went to church!
- When I go shopping after church and the person at the checkout asks how my day has been, I tell them I’ve just had church!
It’s amazing what kind of godly conversations you can have just when you choose to be more open about your faith and belief!
However, you need to be prepared. We would not go to a job interview unprepared, so why would we go out unprepared in the Lord God’s Great Commission?
Sometimes, people love to ask you some real beauties! And you may find yourself a bit tongue twisted or just blank because you don’t know how to answer their question in a way they can understand, or you just don’t know what to say!
I want to encourage you to prepare yourself with questions and answers that you could be asked about your faith and your morals and standards.
Here are just a few questions you could prepare for:
- Why do you believe in God?
- Why do you believe in the bible?
- How do you know the bible is accurate?
- Why is getting to heaven based on faith in Jesus and not just righteous living?
The Great Commission is the foundation for God’s purpose for our lives and I encourage every Christian to hold it close to their hearts.
Mary Iengo is a medical student at Flinders University and a leader at her local church. She lives with her family in Adelaide and has a passion for the political arena. Mary aims to write from a personal and practical stance to share the love of God and see people live for him.