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. Here in Acts 11 the disciples we called Christians because they were doing what Jesus had done.
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. Take time to have daily fellowship through the New Testament with Jesus.
Not only is it important to get to know the One we are to follow after, but we also need to renew our mind to this new creation that we have now become on the inside. As Romans 12:2 tell us it is through this renewal of how we see ourselves that will cause an outward transformation to be a Christ follower. So a true Christian is much more than just being born again, and it is the greatest way to live your life, walking in the footsteps of Jesus.