I was once a copy editor for the American Institute of Physics (AIP). It was a part-time gig, meaning I received partial benefit in the form of a company badge and access to parts of the facility, such as the mail room and gym beyond regular office hours.
One thing that I wish I had, but did not, were benefits the full-time employees received. The benefits of vacation and holiday pay, sick time and of course the coveted health insurance were reserved for those committing more than my weekly 20 hours to the company, and those who signed up for the 40 hours per week obtained all AIP offered. Looking back I see how part-time and full-time can also apply to being a Christian.
Unlike Islam and Judaism, wherein a person may be born Muslim or Jewish as a result of parentage, Christianity is purely faith-based. For those who are new, it goes like this:
You confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior because you made a decision to believe that Jesus Christ died for your sins.
Therefore, if one confesses that Jesus Christ was born of the Virgin Mary, lived and performed miracles on this Earth via the power from God Almighty, and sacrificed His life on the Cross through His shed blood, by faith, you are a Christian.
But, are you a Christian part-time or full-time? Do you believe this when it’s convenient or any time? Do you confess it publicly, in front of friends, family, neighbors or is it only for when no one (except God) is looking?
When you need some miracle that money cannot buy, like supernatural healing, do you then go all in? Do you depend on people or things to “save” you when life’s challenges appear, or do you pray to God, asking for guidance? Does your lifestyle contain full-time evidence of being a person who believes died for his/her sins, or is it Sundays only for you? Inquiring minds want to know. Does your life have an I-know-Jesus “badge” or is it in your pocket, ready to pull out when convenient?
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8)
Grace is huge, it gives us what we do not deserve like second through one million plus chances to repent, ask for forgiveness and get it right…