Do you know anyone who believes in Jesus, has received him as Lord and Savior, and has true Christian fruit in their lives, yet refuses to call themselves “Christian” because they don’t like the label? Instead of being “Christian,” they will say, “I’m a Christ follower” or “I’m a Jesus follower.” Know anyone like that? Are you like that?
Remember that Jesus said in John 10:16, “So there will be one flock, one shepherd.” There are only two kinds of people in the world: those who have been born again of the Spirit and those who have not. Whether you like it or not, Jesus Follower, Christians are your family and you can’t disown them. God doesn’t.
Update: To clarify, I don’t think calling yourself a “Christ follower” (or “Jesus follower”) is wrong. Those are true of me. Further, I don’t believe we only have to label ourselves as “Christian.” However, when we avoid labels that the Bible uses (such as “Christian” or “born again” or others) in order to distance ourselves from others who believe in Jesus, then I think we have a problem.
If you don’t know what I’m referring to, this might clear things up: