We’re not Christians by practice, but by grace through faith in Christ.
We’re not Christians by practicing love, joy or peace. Many seek to commit themselves to practicing such things and still deny Christ.
We’re not Christians by carrying the burdens of others. Many seek to commit their lives to helping others and still deny Christ.
We’re not Christians by doing so many things in the hope gaining or retaining God’s favor toward us. Otherwise, many could cause us to stop being Christians by simply keeping us from doing those things.
We’re Christians by the conviction that the Holy Spirit daily serves to our heart since the time that God made us alive with Christ, hopeful in his love for us shown on the cross, in and out of the grave, so that we’re come to fully know the Son and the Father, and that’s enough for us.
If we love, if we rejoice, if we rest, it is a product, a fruit of the Holy Spirit to our spirits so that we manifest the everlasting life dwelling within, Christ Jesus dwelling within.
Yes, we’re Christians by grace through faith. We’re children of God by grace through faith. We’re followers of Christ by grace through faith. We’re believers in Christ by grace through faith. We’re knowers of Christ by grace through faith in Christ to the glory of God. Nothing less, nothing more.
We love, rejoice and rest in Christ for there’s nothing else we were made alive by God to be good at.
So whether we’re incarcerated, incapacitated physically, mentally disabled, we remain children of God by his living and guiding grace through knowing Him and His Son, Christ Jesus our Lord and Lover.
Our salvation came by grace through faith. Our salvation remains by grace through faith.
“At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. ” (Titus 3:3-7)
Not by our doings, but by the grace that came through the faith the gospel has delivered to our hearts in Christ.
Rejoice and rest.