If Jesus looked into your life and told you everything you’ve ever done would it change you? Click on the title “The Samaritan Woman” to read about how Jesus changed her.
What is a Disciple?
Jesus commissions us to “go” — because of his authority — “and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19–20).
This raises a fundamental question, though — one that even takes priority over the how-to’s of discipleship. What does it actually mean to be a “disciple” of Jesus? If we are going to make disciples, we need to know what that is.
The standard definition of “disciple” (noun) is someone who adheres to the teachings of another. It is a follower or a learner. It refers to someone who takes up the ways of someone else. Applied to Jesus, a disciple is someone who learns from him to live like him — someone who, because of God’s awakening grace, conforms his or her words and ways to the words and ways of Jesus. You might say, as others have put it in the past, disciples of Jesus are themselves “little Christs” (Acts 26:28; 2 Corinthians 1:21). (Jonathan Parnell @jonathanparnell)
Jesus is concerned with doing the will of the Father / Disciples are concerned with doing the will of the Father
Jesus is interested in the condition of people’s lives / Disciples of interested in the condition of people’s lives
Jesus is a direct representation of God / Disciples are a direct representation of Jesus
Jesus is a bridge for mankind to know God / Disciples are a bridge for mankind to know Jesus
What is God wanting you to do to become a better disciple?
Lord make me bold to share what you have done in my life. Give me your words to share in my community.
Learn how to share my story and God’s story. Also pray for opportunities to share with the people your circle of influence that needs to hear about God.