In the next few weeks we are going to remind ourselves of what being a disciple of Jesus really means. To begin with, let us define what a disciple is. The word ‘‘disciple’’ simply means “a learner”, or “a trained one”, and is used to identify both the original group of twelve disciples who accompanied Christ on His travels and other followers of Christ who were not part of the original twelve.
The word appears over 230 times in the Gospels and the book of Acts. Thus disciples are those who gather around a teacher, and are trained by him, until they evaluate his words, learn his secrets, and copy his lifestyle.
The principles of discipleship as outlined by Jesus Christ are intended to be an integral part of our Christian commitment. Unless they are present in our everyday experience, we are no more than pseudo-Christians.
1. EVERY CHRISTIAN IS A DISCIPLE.
True Christianity is an all-out commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ. Our Saviour is not looking for pseudo-Christians nor for men and women who will give their spare evenings to Him - or even weekends - rather He seeks those who will give Him first place in their lives. Does HE have the first place in my life? Does HE have the first place in your life?
CONFESSION - I refuse to be a pseudo follower of Christ my Master, but rather a true and unwavering follower - evaluating His words, learning His secrets and imitating His lifestyle. Jesus my LORD, You are the reason for my living. Thank You my Redeemer.
Matt 6:33; Matt 10:1; Matt 16:24; Lk 14:33; Acts 11:26; 2 Cor 5:15; Eph 5:1-2