Discipleship

What is a Disciple?

 Do you consider yourself a Disciple of Jesus Christ? Do you really understand what Discipleship means?

Of course, it involves developing a strong prayer life, a disciplined pattern of Scripture memory, and being a faithful witness to the lost? But, true discipleship is so much more than that.

There are three fundamental areas involved in true discipleship. (1 Corinthians 13:13):

FAITH

Is your faith such that you are willing to lay it on the line when the chips are down, even to the point of climbing into the fiery furnace (so to speak), as did Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego? (Daniel 3)

Are you able to authenticate your faith by demonstrating congruency of life between the secular and the spiritual? (Psalm 24:3, 4)

Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek himThe work of God is this: to believe in the One He has sent.” (Hebrews 11:6; John 6:29)

HOPE  

Is your primary focus on the temporal or on the eternal? Do you, by your life demonstrate the fact that you understand the transitory nature of our earthly existence, and the importance of investing in the eternal?

These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earthlooking for a country of their ownlonging for a better country—a heavenly one… ” (Hebrews 11:13-16-nkjv)

LOVE

Do you live a life of selfless sacrifice? Have you been so impacted by Christ’s love that you are compelled to live a life of loving service rather than selfish indulgence?

For Christs love compels usthat those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them and was raised again.” (2 Corinthians 5:14, 15)

These are the fundamental characteristics of Discipleship. If you were unable to say an unqualified YES to these questions, don’t despair.

Few of us are able to be so adamant in our answers. In fact, we know that Jesus’ disciples were often fickle and shallow in their understanding of the basics of discipleship. But, they were willing to hang in there by determination and focus on what Jesus required of His Disciples. They also believed so deeply in their cause that many were killed for their belief.

But, they were also able to change the world and leave a legacy of discipleship that we are able to follow.

Adapted from “Facts of the Matter” Daily Devotionals”

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