Published September 20, 2011
Are You A Disciple?
"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:19-20)
What does it mean to be a disciple of Christ? You should know, because you should want to be one!
"Walking With Jesus Ministries" is a New Zealand-based ministry that serves as an encouragement to other ministries, with a strong desire to build discipleship. Founder David Tait recently came up with this list about discipleship:
- doing the right thing because we want to, not because we are expected to.
- being a servant both to God and man.
- honoring God with body, soul and spirit.
- loving the Lord with all our heart, soul and mind.
- being 100% committed to the Lord's cause.
- putting the Lord first in all things.
- placing the Lord's desires ahead of our own.
- applying the Lord's will to our mind and emotions.
- accepting the Lord's correction graciously.
- being joyful in the Lord - even while being corrected!
- subverting our will to His.
- centered upon giving rather than receiving.
- becoming a little more like Jesus every day.
- being prepared to die for our Lord.
- being the one God would like us to be.
- placing God's needs and others godly needs ahead of our own.
- helping others attain to their ministries, even to the expense of our own.
- being Jesus to others.
- retaining the joy of the Lord in times of personal sadness.
- putting wrongs right - graciously!
- walking as one with the Lord, night and day.
The Book of Acts frequently uses the term "disciple" to refer generally to all those who believe in the risen Lord (6:1-2,7; 9:1,10,19,26,38; 11:26,29). All true disciples are believers. But are all believers truly disciples? Here are some of David Tait's thoughts about that:
- A believer praises the Lord in the good times, a disciple at all times.
- The Holy Spirit resides in the believer but shines out of the disciple.
- A believer loves God with heart and mind while a disciple also commits their will.
- A believer loves God and others, but they are a disciple's life.
- A believer lives in hope, but for a disciple, God's hope is certain.
- A believer seeks forgiveness for sin but a disciple also determines not to walk that path again.
- A believer has faith in God but a disciple's faith is strengthened in the fire of testing.
- A believer loves the Lord, but a disciple's love is unconditional.
- The believer serves the Lord in strength, but a disciple is made perfect in their weakness.
- God forms a part of the believer's life while a disciple's life belongs to God.
- A believer forgives, but a disciple also forgets.
- A believer communicates with God at their convenience, but a disciple's heart is open to the Lord at all times.
Wow. There is a lot in those lines definitely food for thought. I'd suggest you print them out and re-read them from time to time. Each line could form the basis of an entire devotional message.
The words of Charles Gabriel's classic hymn, "More Like The Master," come to mind:
"More like the Master I would ever be,
More of His meekness, more humility;
More zeal to labor, more courage to be true,
More consecration for work He bids me do.
More like the Master I would live and grow;
More of His love to others I would show;
More self-denial, like His in Galilee,
More like the Master I long to ever be."
Note: The above first appeared here March 5, 2002.
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