QQ. Who is the disciple? (Discipleship: Definition)
One who is a follower of a master, spiritual teacher, religious leader or a guru.
One who lives by the teachings and lifestyle of his master.
One who holds the standard and ideals set by his master.
One who wants to be like his master.
The Word used for ‘Disciple’ in Greek (‘mathetes’) refers generally to student, pupil, or apprentice.
Q. How can one become the disciple of Jesus?
Decision to follow Jesus Christ is the beginning of a christian discipleship.
Jesus himself demonstrated clear conditions for being his disciples. Before we focus on the conditions of discipleship, we need to know what it is not!
Not Easy! It is not ‘bed of roses’.
Not the way of constant success and prosperity!
Not a use of spare free time.
Not a going to church on Sunday.
Not a compromise, it is not a license to do whatever you like!
Q. So what are the cost (conditions) of true Christian Discipleship?
Matthew 16:24 – “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”
Matthew 10:38: – “anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.”
Galatians 2:20: – “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.”
The way of Cross is the way of pain, suffering, ridicule, mockery, humiliation!
It is also to crucify our sinful desires. Gal 5:24: – “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.”
Matthew 16:24: – “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”
Doing his will must be our first priority.
Luke 14:26: – “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be my disciple.”
Luke 14:33: – “In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has, cannot be my disciple.”
Following Jesus must be our first priority, above our family, career, comfort, even our own life.
We must be willing to forsake anything that can hinder our walk with Christ.
Phil 3:7-9: – “But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him..”
Abiding in His Words & Teaching:
John 8:31: – “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.”
John 15:7: – “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.”