Be a disciple…
October 7th, 2019
Ask yourself, just how much of Jesus shows through me?
It’s an important thing to consider, because if we aren’t finding our identity in Jesus Christ we are failing as the Lord’s followers. Now some people who read this statement, will feel like I’ve come on a bit too strong, but the reality of God’s Word is that Jesus told us point blank, if we really love Him, we will be obedient to Him.
The next issue is that Jesus also directed us to become His disciples.
I was compelled to write on this topic today, because of a post on Facebook from a Brother in the Lord who is a pastor near by me.
I read the post and viewed the image and pondered the image selected for it and felt this is an important message for all of us who call ourselves Christian.
Therefore, if we really have given our lives to Jesus and really love Him, we are striving to be more like him every single day. We are to be as near an image of Jesus in the workplace, at home, in school and in our leisure time. This emulation includes even the way we think about things!
We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (NLT)
Obedience is critical in the walk of a Christian. If we are ever going to see our potential as servants of the Lord, it will come only through obedience to Him and His Word. Note the last two sentences in the passage above, “We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.”
This passage reminds me of the old hymn ‘Onward Christian Soldiers’.
God’s army isn’t armed with guns, knives, and bombs. His soldiers aren’t fortified with plate and body armor. Our most powerful weapons are God’s Word and prayer.
Our key tactical strategies are discipleship and the spread of the Gospel which is also referred to as the Good News.
The Gospel – Or Good News is the message that God’s Son came to live among us, so that he could redeem the creation He was instrumental in creating with His Father and the Holy Spirit.
We are the purveyors of the Gospel to the lost world.
He has enabled us to be ministers of his new covenant. This is a covenant not of written laws, but of the Spirit. The old written covenant ends in death; but under the new covenant, the Spirit gives life.
2 Corinthians 3:6 (NLT)
Jesus himself gave this directive many times, in many different ways.
Discipleship – As mentioned already, the ultimate developmental goal for every believer is to become a disciple. Becoming a disciple requires that we also become a disciple maker.
Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 28:19 (NLT)
To be a disciple we have to first understand what a disciple is, in general terms and more specifically in scriptural terms.
- a) One who embraces and assists in spreading the teachings of another. b) An active adherent, as of a movement or philosophy.
- often DiscipleOne of the original followers of Jesus.
- DiscipleA member of the Disciples of Christ.
For our purpose we are most interested in the scriptural context of the ‘disciple’ and interesting enough, if you look into the origin of the term, its first noted beginnings were at the time of Christ. So, from this we can gather that discipleship is a uniquely Christian term that has been later adopted for the more secular application of the word.
As a disciple of Jesus, we should make our ultimate goal the emulation of our Lord and Savior in any way possible. Some of this we get by a form of osmosis from the Holy Spirit living in us (fruit of the Spirit). Some comes from a greater understanding of the Word of God (and therefore, understanding Jesus who is The Word!
The fact that Jesus is the physical manifestation of the Word of God, means the deeper we immerse ourselves into the Word, the closer we draw to Jesus.
The disciple, therefore, will utilize the Word in written form, to emulate the physical form of the word; Jesus.
John the Baptist spoke prophetic words, when his disciples came complaining that this Jesus, who John himself had identified as The Messiah, was drawing away followers. John the Baptist explained in detail, the necessity of Jesus’ ministry growing, at the expense of his own. He brought the message to his followers, to a concise point, with this verse.
He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.
John 3:30 (NLT)
While John’s statement makes sense, we miss the point that the same can and should be true of us as well.
True surrender to Jesus; ‘giving our lives to Him’, means that self must become continually less and less of our persona as Jesus occupies more and more. This is the essence of being a disciple of Jesus Christ.
If we have truly surrendered to Christ, we become less and less, and He becomes more and more obvious in us. Allowing us to “Be the Image of Christ!”
In His Grace!