Becoming a Disciple
“Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And know, I am with you always, to the end of the age. “(Matthew 28: 19-20)
Believing in Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior is not the ultimate goal of a Christian spiritual growth. Every Christian should be a disciple of Christ, who have a desire to continue to grow similar to our supreme example, Jesus Christ (Colossians 1:28-29, Ephesians 4:11-16).
Living in a salvation that God has bestowed, not merely a passive life, but to live an active life doing God’s will. It is not easy, but life requires a seriousness and sacrifice, to be able to say “YES” to God’s will and “NO” to sin or your own. Calls to live like this is what Jesus gave to every man who became his disciples. It is the grace of God, which should at Respond correctly by each of His children.
Disciple is one who want to continue learning. Pupils not only know about Christian teaching, but also doing what he knew. The word “Disciples” is a term commonly used in the Bible (specifically the New Testament) to refer to the followers of Jesus, before they are referred to by the term “Christian”. “At Antioch was, the disciples were first called Christians.” (Acts 11:26 b).
The word “STUDENT” appears 73 times in the Gospels of Matthew, 46 times in the Gospel of Mark, 37 times in the Gospel of Luke, 78 times in the Gospel of John, and 28 times in Acts. The status of Christians as disciples is a very important thing to be lived. Being a disciple is a call given by God to all who desire to follow Him, and is a lifelong calling.
The term disciple, not just an empty terminology inherent in self-Christians. Every disciple of the Lord, should also show the true quality of student life. Being a disciple means a surrender or total commitment to his teacher. Jesus’ disciples must be willing to accept the requirement to follow him is: “forget about their interests, take up our cross and follow me” (Luke 9:23, Mark 8:34).
The quality of a true disciple, includes an attitude of discipline and sacrifice (there is a price to be paid).
If we read and ponder the challenges of discipleship given by Jesus in Luke 14:25-33, “If someone came to me and he does not hate his father, mother, wife, children, brothers and sisters of men or women , and his own life, he can not be my disciple. Whoever does not take up his cross and follow me, he can not be my disciple. ”
Jesus does not want his followers engaged in the process of discipleship without thinking or knowing what he was living. Everyone who follow Him, had obviously has to get away from all his property. Jesus is not discouraging people who want to be involved in discipleship, He wants those who follow Him to calculate the price and all is lost if it will follow Him.
How much time is actually used by Jesus and the disciples who trained him? If for example the Lord Jesus used 12 hours a day along with his disciples for three years, that’s 4380 hours a year, and 13,140 hours in three years. Consider the following facts: that grow a teak tree takes many years, but a toadstool to grow overnight.
Building a student, student mentor, and leader of the loyal and wonderful to take a long time. Probably will spend our lives in this world, but this is the reality of a commitment to be disciples of Jesus, many who have fallen but they finally woke up and crawled to stand back a true disciple won title, where do we stand today? Being a believer in passive indifference to this world? Or have we stand to be active disciples of Christ who saves the world?