Devotional For February 13, 2024

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

In the city of Antioch, a pivotal moment in the history of the early church unfolded—a moment that would forever shape the identity of Christ’s followers. Acts 11:26 recounts the birth of a new designation: “Christians.” This term, signified more than just a label; it represented a profound change in the lives of those who had chosen to follow Jesus Christ.

What is striking about this passage is not just the emergence of a new name but the characteristics it embodies. To be called a Christian was to be identified with Christ—to bear His name and to follow in His footsteps. The disciples in Antioch lived out this identity with conviction and purpose, modeling their lives after the example of their Lord and Savior.

As we reflect on the significance of being called Christians, we are reminded of the call to discipleship—to walk in the footsteps of Jesus, to embody His teachings, and to reflect His love and grace to the world around us. Like the disciples in Antioch, we are called to assemble with the church, to engage in fellowship and worship, and to be actively involved in the work of ministry.

Being called a Christian carries with it a responsibility to bear witness to the power of the gospel. Our lives should be a living testimony to the saving grace of Jesus Christ, drawing others into relationship with Him through our words and actions.


Lord, thank You for the privilege of bearing Your name. Help me to walk in Your footsteps, to live out Your teachings, and to reflect Your love to the world. May my life be a testament to Your saving grace, drawing others into relationship with You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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