Be a disciple of Jesus

Friday May 24, 2024
Bob Gass
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“The disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.” Acts 11:26 NKJV

Did you know that the word disciple occurs 269 times in the New Testament, whereas the word Christian is found only three times? The word Christian was first introduced to describe who they were, disciples of Jesus Christ! Dallas Willard uses the illustration of the automobile: “The disciple of Jesus is not the deluxe or heavy-duty model of the Christian – especially padded, textured, streamlined, and empowered for the fast lane on the straight and narrow way. He or she stands on the pages of the New Testament as the first level of basic transportation in the Kingdom of God.” Becoming a Christian is the work of a moment; it happens when you place your trust in Christ. But becoming a disciple is the work of a lifetime; it calls for denying yourself and saying yes to the will of God every day of your life. What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus? Three things: (1) To listen to Him and learn. That calls for reading, studying, memorizing, verbalizing, and applying the truths taught in the scriptures to your life each day. (2) To follow Him wherever He leads. This may call for changing your plans, forfeiting some of your relationships, and giving Him access to things you would like to hold on to. (3) To be devoted to Him. One day Jesus said to Peter, “Do you love Me more than these?” (John 21:15 NKJV). Note the word more. To be a disciple means to love Jesus more than anyone or anything else. And it’s the most fulfilling and rewarding life you can live!

The Word for You Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from Celebration Enterprises, Inc. Copyright © 2024

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