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Duties of a Smart Christian for Beginners

Updated on February 4, 2011

Responsibilities of a Christian

Being a good Christian comes with practice. Do you consider that being a Christian is a vocation or profession? I’m here to tell you that it is, and we each have a responsibility to God. Ephesians 4:1 tells us that we are to walk worthy of the vocation wherewith we are called.

In it’s simplest terms, a Christian is one who professes belief in the teachings of Jesus Christ. To describe Jesus Christ would be equivalent to describe a Christian, also known as disciples (followers of Christ).

Describing the role of a Christian is about as easy as it is to describe being a wife and mother and a husband and father. Because this subject is complex, I ask from the start that you think in terms of the general function. Do not think in terms of all the intricacies. Healing the sick and raising the dead, are extraordinary gifts.

The discussions of gifts that God gave men are another subject. So let’s get on with our topic for today. If you want to, you can go get your bible, I’ll be here when you get back.

Scripture Lessons on Christian Living

Walk worthy of your Christian vocation.
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Responsibility: Pray

I Thessalonians 5:17 – Pray without ceasing.

Carry Out:

Join an intercessory prayer group, go to prayer meeting, and participate in a network that prays for people. Pray as often as you can. Some people have a pattern of prayer, which makes your prayer life easier. Whatever you do, never stop praying. At home, school, driving, in line, in the restroom, at your desk, and everywhere else. The bible speaks about private prayer and public rewards. Most importantly, pray not to be seen of men.

Responsibility: Love

St. John 13:35 - By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

Carry Out:

Being kind one to another. Preferring another over yourself. Not being judgmental or being bias. Showing compassion to people who are having a tough time. Demonstrating you care by listening and/or visiting someone in need. Involving yourself in an outreach ministry. Express kindness to the poor. There are more kinds of acts of love than I can mention on this page, but I know you get it.

Responsibility: Forgive

St. Matthew 6:14 -- For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly father will also forgive you.

Carry Out:

When someone wrongs you, the world or a family member (commits sin), forgive him or her. First, forgive people in your heart. If you are so inclined, tell them to their face, write a letter, or send a card.

Responsibility: Work

II Thessalonians 3:10 – For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.

You have skills, talents and abilities that are untapped. Find suitable employment to earn money so that you can support yourself for everyday needs. Find a legal means of income opportunity to survive. Find work you can enjoy, because it will be easier to do.

Responsibility: Give

Malachi 3:10 -- Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of Host, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. Monetary giving is but one aspect of giving, and it is a very critical one.

Carry Out:

Give of your tithe and offering to God’s Kingdom (notice I did not say church) - Take a check, money order, and/or cash to a ministry who supports the work of the Lord. Many pastors teach that one should give to their local fellowship first, and then give to other ministries. Be prayerful about where you plant your seed (money), because you want to plant on good ground. When you give, you have to give in faith and not worry. God will hold his representatives accountable.

Responsibility: Walk Worthy of Your Vocation

Ephesians 4:1 - 2 -- I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Carry Out:

Look where God leads your eyes. Act with respect for yourself and God. Let the words that come out your mouth be pleasing to God. Listen to things that will edify you as a believer. Hear the woman or man of God deliver a word of instruction to help you grow.

Responsibility: Study the Scripture

II Timothy 2:15 -- Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Carry Out:

Get you a good bible, a study bible so that you can read and study the scripture. Bibles are plentiful, and you can choose what version that is easiest for you to understand. There is the King James Version, The New International Version, The Amplified Bible (one of my favorites). And get a commentary – a book that explains what you are reading. The bible is easier to understand with aides. You may want to start in Psalms or Proverbs where you will find good strong practical reading. Psalms is highly participatory – you can sing, clap, shout and dance while reading.

Responsibility: Keep Your Temple Clean

I Corinthians 3:16 – Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

Carry Out:

Proper nutrition, exercise and activity that help your body to be strong are necessary for a clean temple. When our bodies are broken down, there is a greater chance of sickness and disease. So be careful what you allow to enter in your temple.

Responsibility: Believe

Hebrews: 11:6 – But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Carry Out:

Live your life based on the promises of God. God will take care of you if you believe and act according to what the scriptures say. Belief means doing the right thing when the wrong thing seems right.

Last Responsibility: Preach the Gospel

Isaiah 61:1 – 3 -- The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.

Cary Out:

Tell people with about Jesus Christ and his great love for them. Tell men, women, boys and girls that, God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth on him shall not perish but have everlasting life!

If you are thinking about becoming a Christian or improving your walk with God, you can make a commitment today! Tell God you want to, and he will help you along the way, and you can ask me to pray for you, and I’ll do it! Thanks for hanging on‘til the end of this hub!



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    shannan26 5 years ago

    I think this was great instructions on how to become a christian and a better one, which is what I'm trying to be a better one.

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    Sima Ballinger 6 years ago from Michigan

    Hello there sherrylou57, you said it in a nutshell - "Walk the Talk". Thanks for dropping by.

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    sherrylou57 6 years ago from Riverside

    Not only reading the word but do what the word says! Nice hub!

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    Sima Ballinger 6 years ago from Michigan

    heart4theword, gee thanks! I am glad you enjoyed this devotional, as you say. Thank you so much for visiting.

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    heart4theword 6 years ago from hub

    Very good writing...Treasuresofheaven! You have been quite busy for only being a part of hubpages for 4 months:) This was a nice devotional to start off my morning! Thanks:)

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    Sima Ballinger 6 years ago from Michigan

    Thanks, thanks for your generosity today. You have come by a couple times. Appreciation your feedback.

  • profile image 6 years ago from upstate, NY

    Having a testimony is so important. If we don't share our testimony we dry up! I am working on one right now that would take me about 10 min and also I want to have a readers digest version to last about 2 min. Pray without ceasing, I only last about 5 min without praying in the spirit, this is a huge tool for change! Great Hub, blessings!

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    Sima Ballinger 7 years ago from Michigan

    Matt, thank you so much Pastor. I appreciate the support and encouragement. We do thank God for the Holy Spirit to remind us of all truth.

    Bless You,

    Sima, Treasuresofheaven

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    Matthew Milam II 7 years ago from Chicago - Be A Blessing... Become A Hand Of God

    Dear Treasuresofheaven,

    Two words... Good and Practice, in your opening statement.

    Sound advice for everybody, especially newcomers to the faith. In order that we develop "GOOD" skill at anything it will take "PRACTICE." Strong faith is no different. The "GOOD NEWS" in our case is that Christ has provided all the assistance we will ever need. He has given us His Holy Spirit to remind us of all truth.

    Continue with your encouragement and God's favor.


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    Sima Ballinger 7 years ago from Michigan

    GoGranny, please do share this hub. You can copy and paste the URL, email it, share it on Facebook. Let your three sisters know they can contact me and check out my hubs.

    I am glad I can be of help in your salvation pondering. It is important that we move in the right direction. This hub is some foundational scripture and suggestions. I see you have a family of believers, and I am sure you have had discussions. Be open to new life experiences coming your way soon!

    Have a Blessed and Prosperous New Year!

    Sima, Treasuresofheaven

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    GoGranny 7 years ago from Southeastern PA

    Another nice hub that caught and held my interest! I have been pondering my salvation too long. This hub has definitely helped in the right direction. Thanks! I want to send this to my 3 sisters for their deaconess, one evangelist and one is a first lady.


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    Sima Ballinger 7 years ago from Michigan

    onegoodwoman, I appreciate your comments. I like your statement: The bird does not sit in the nest waiting for God............... We have an awesome responsibility - when you represent the Kingdom you gotta come with it strong! Thanks, I'll stop by and see you soon at onegoodwoman.



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    onegoodwoman 7 years ago from A small southern town

    What a straightforward hub. I am so glad that you mentioned "work". We must earn our keep.

    The bird does not sit in the nest waiting for God to drop a worm in its mouth! She scratches and digs to provide for herself and her young.

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    Sima Ballinger 7 years ago from Michigan

    Jason, great diligence indeed is necessary. A commitment to God is similar to a commitment in a marriage; a commitment on a job; and family commitment. They all take work and dedication. The rewards of each are great. God help us today!

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    Jason R. Manning 7 years ago from Sacramento, California

    Most excellent hub devoted to Godly living. What a wonderful contribution to the community, I pray many read this. It takes great strength to perform the diligence as you’ve outlined. God Bless.

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    Sima Ballinger 7 years ago from Michigan

    Yes Touch, these are practical scripture that can be done on a daily basis. Make them a lifestyle.

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    T O U C H Services, LLC 7 years ago

    Life application of these Scriptures would certainly enrich our lives and make the world a better dwelling place.