Being A Disciple

“And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease.” (Mt. 10:1)

Simply put, a disciple of Jesus is a follower of Jesus. Jesus told his 12 disciples, “if anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.” (Mt. 16:24)

What does it mean to follow Jesus?

1. Live as a Worshiper – (Jn. 4:23-24) We have been created in the Image of God; and as image bearers, we are to be carriers of His Glory. The question is not that we worship, but ”who” will we worship? Our worship is like a fire hose that can’t be turned off, so the question is where will we direct our passion and what will we pursue? A follower of Jesus worships their Creator and repents of any false worship – idolatry, including good things like family, work, or recreation.

2. Seek a Kingdom Identity – (Mt. 6:33) A follower of Jesus recognizes the sinful tendency to find their identity in their money, intelligence, career, education, children, human relationships, or any number of created things. Therefore a disciple turns from empty idols and finds their peace and joy in serving the Living God (1 Thes. 1:9).

3. Become Committed to Spiritual Community – (Acts 2:40-47) A disciple of Jesus has a Spirit inspired desire to live life with other followers, the Church. They recognize their membership in the Body of Christ and understand the weight of that responsibility by giving of their gifts, time, and money to serve others.

4. Embrace the Great Commission – (Mt. 28:18-20) Jesus said He was sending His Church in the same way in which He was sent (Jn. 20:21). A follower of Jesus sees themselves as a missionary sent on purpose, in their everyday lives, to restore a broken world through Kingdom living and proclamation.

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