MARKS OF TRUE DISICPLESHIP
We have been talking about leading others to Jesus and then helping make disciples of them. “Leading them from being unbelievers to believers in action.”
This week, we are looking at what a true disciple is. We often use the term Christian to share with others what we are. I do not necessarily like that term simply because it has become a term that is used by too many groups today who do not really believe in the Bible definition of Christian. A true Christian is someone who is Christ-like.
Acts 11:26 And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.
Acts 26:28 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.
1 Peter 4:16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.
These are the only three times the term is used in the Bible. NOTE: One of these terms is used to indicate sufferings a believer must be willing to endure. This is so far from what the term has come to mean today. Christian is not some term that indicates God will flood us with material goods and fame and fortune. NO! It really is a term that shows sacrifice, suffering and service. This week, we will look into what a true disciple is all about.
May God help you grow in the knowledge and Grace of our Lord Jesus as you follow the devotions this week.
Are you qualified to be His disciple?
Luke 14:26-27 – If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.
Luke 14:33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.
Coming to Christ for salvation is a free gift that His grace extends to each of us. Being a disciple on the other hand, is extremely expensive. It costs the believer a lot.
It will cost you:
Wealth and fame
These things today are things that people often think they are entitled to if they give their lives to Christ. Fact is, Jesus said being His disciple would cost us.
NOT FAIR you say! Well, how fair was it that He had to leave heaven, suffer persecution and physical pain, betrayal and ultimate death for something He did not do. Not very fair was it? So it is fair that He would want us to give up self for Him. What has your being a disciple cost you? How quick are you to run when persecution or heartache comes? Ask Him today to help you be faithful to all He asks you to do.
2 Timothy 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.