Acts 11:26b – And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.
The first time the word Christian is used in scripture is here in Acts chapter 11. What exactly is a Christian then according to the Word of God? The definition here for the word “Christians” in the above verse is defined in the original language as one who follows after and adheres to the ways of Christ. Think of how many people today say they are a Christian, yet do not adhere to the way Jesus lived. Once born again, the goal is to become a Christ follower.
What does it take to become a true Christian according to God’s Word? First of all we need to recognize we have been bought with a price, and we are now to glorify God in our body and in our spirit because they are now His (1 Corinthians 6:20). In other words, stop living for the old you, and start living in line with the new creation you have become. A major key to doing this is focusing your life on getting to know the One you are to follow.
Sadly many who become born again may actually learn some scripture and begin to make some changes in their life, but without a close personal relationship with Jesus, they tend to drift back to the old ways. Take time to have daily fellowship through the New Testament with Jesus. Also spend time around others who actually live a true Christian life, one that has been transformed to the ways of Christ, not just claiming to be a Christian. Becoming a true Christ follower is what being born again is all about. Make Him your true pursuit in life and you can become like Him.