And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for a whole year they assembled with the church and taught a great many people. And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.
Acts 11:26 NKJV
The disciples were first called Christians at Antioch, before then they bore the identity – “the people of the way.” What started out as a negative stereotype at that time has become our identity. The word ‘Christian’ has become a religious identification and social classification rather than an expression of our true identity, neither does it reflect God’s original image of who we are.
The issue of identity is so important that Jesus had to ask “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” Different people had different tags for Him. We know what the world has called us, now let’s hear what God calls us. What did Jesus Himself call us? “You’re the salt of the earth.” “You’re the light of the world, heirs of God, joint heirs with Christ, royal priesthood, city set on a hill.” Wow! Just reading it is doing something to me. Now, that’s who you are. ‘Christian’ is a social classification and religious identification that says nothing about your true identity. It does not tell us who we are, therefore it stirs nothing in us neither does it activate the divine DNA that we carry.
To be continued…