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Being (& Making) a Disciple - I Follow
The life of a disciple begins with a simple plea: “Follow Me.”
There must be that moment in the life of a disciple when we say, “Yes, I’ll follow. I haven’t lived my life as it was meant to be. I have completely screwed up and buried my self in sin. I can’t ever make up for what I’ve done. I can’t ever be considered righteous on my own account. But, You made a way. In You I’m righteous. In the death & resurrection of Your Son my debt was paid and my death was transformed to eternal life. You are my everything. My Lord, my God.”
So many of us prayed a prayer that sounded like that. Yet, so many stop with that prayer. We are not bought with the blood of Christ so that we can keep doing what we want. We are called to more than that.
“Therefore, as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, overflowing with gratitude.” ~ Colossians 2:6-7
We receive. We accept the call to Follow Him. But there needs to be a following after; a walking in Him. That is something that we cannot accomplish in going to a church service or small group. Those things are great, but they are not where our faith ends. I follow Him daily. I follow Him to my job. I follow Him when I get home from a long day of work. I follow Him every single place I go. Discipleship is a call to give God everything we have. In turn, He is with us everywhere we go: guiding, strengthening, teaching. He will use people in so many aspects of our life to teach us, encourage us or hold us accountable. God will also place people in our path who need to be loved, to be held accountable or who need to hear about the Gospel. My ENTIRE life is a following after.
I keep pursuing, He keeps teaching & growing me. The faith in Christ that saves us from our sins involves an internal transformation that has external implications. God has saved me and in that I live my life in view of His grace. Seeking to know Him more through His Word. Serving Him more in the life I walk in. Loving Him more in daily choosing what He has asked me to do.
I am a disciple. I follow.
Our witness - good or bad - is the overflow of our lives.
Being (& Making) a Disciple - Intro
2,000 years ago, the definition of a disciple was laid out:
Disciple - n. - a person who is an adherent or pupil of the doctrines of another; a follower; a person who believes Christ’s teachings, rests in His atoning sacrifice, imbibes His spirit & follows His example. One who is giving (Matt. 10:42), self-sacrificing (Matt 16:24), humble (Mark 9:35-37), loving (John 13:35) & vocal (Mark 16:15).
But somewhere along the way…
21st Century Disciple - n. - a person who prayed a prayer, goes to church sometimes, takes part in a weekly 1 hour small group to “go deep”.
…so what happened???
Discipleship, in how we see it in the Biblical definition, is lacking in 2012. In fact, it has become so prevalent that quite a few leaders in the church today have noticed the lack of true disciples & have started to write books and preach sermons in order to awake people to this famine of followers of Jesus. Books like “Radical” by David Platt and “Mutliply” by Francis Chan are aimed to trying to wake the church from this lazy, laid back faith we’ve adopted.
The church is described as the bride of Christ: a bride that is committed, loving, submissive, self sacrificing (Ephesians 5) .
But then over 2,000 years we went from disciple to 21st Century Disciple. The shift was from bride of Christ to just wanting to date Christ: no true commitment of time or effort, loving Christ along with a ton of other stuff, arrogant and selfish. We have taken what it is to be a disciple (active, passionate, going, teaching living) and we’ve tied the disciple to a pew, made them passive and left all that Jesus following to the people who get paid to do it full time.
It is time the idea of being disciple become an active, talking follower of the One who came to earth to redeem us and send us out.
So this month as we celebrate the coming of our Savior, we’re going to take time to go to see what it is to follow our Savior in a series we’re calling “Being (& Making) a Disciple”. So check back often as we’ll go through some truly practical steps in being a living, active, passionate follower of Christ.