What is a disciple? How do I become one?
A mentor asked me, “Do you teach those you disciple who they are in Christ?”
Our discussion covered how hard it seems for many to find rest in Christ and His goodness and live as disciples serving Him and others. For a moment, I scratched my head and thought about my example and my teaching. Am I being clear? Am I being declarative? Am I being challenging?
A disciple is a follower:
Humor me. Do you call me pastor? That would make you a disciple. A disciple is a follower. In a kids ministry, one of the workers came to me and said, “Pastor Phil, I prayed over the phone with one of the students this week. You do that with me. You just pray while we are on the phone. You don’t wait to another time. You just do it. So I am doing that also.” She is a disciple. She is a follower. Followers receive blessing. John 1:43 The following day Jesus wanted to go to Galilee, and He found Philip and said to him, “Follow Me.”
Have you faithfully gone out into your world to bring others to meet the rest of the congregation family?
Do you deeply love and serve other members of the congregation?
A disciple is a servant:
Donese brought her family to the church campus. I quit counting at 110 and know there were 20 more. The blessing of watching people play volleyball, cook catfish, enjoy fellowship, and fill the parking lot is good. Watching her run about setting tables, serving food, and checking to make sure all had a good time is good. She served. She served her family. She served the church, the congregation. She served me as pastor. A disciple is a servant. It was joy to share scripture, a lesson, and prayer with the family. Servants receive blessing. Mark 9:35 And He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.”
How can you serve the church family and your pastor this week?
How can you serve your home family and friends this week?
A disciple has authority:
While speaking at the mission, people were being healed of physical and emotional diseases. The speaker was one that attended a Bible school, where I taught. She took what she saw and learned and gave it out to others. Her authority came from her submission. In Christ, she had all authority. As a submitted disciple, she was placed in a position to reach others and she ministered out of what she learned and saw. Jesus uses lines of authority to enable and release us. While we all report directly to the King of Kings, He releases authority through submission not pride or arrogance or independence. Disciples have authority. Luke 10:19 Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Is there a need where authority would break you free?
Are you submitted and listening to leadership so that authority flows through you freely?
There is more:
This is just a small lesson, but powerful. Begin to live it and you will find more peace with God. I’ll be obedient to teach you who you are in Christ in my example and with clarity.
Hebrews 13:17 Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.
Confess Your Discipleship Position in Christ
I am a follower. I choose to follow the leadership chosen for me and to follow Christ in all I say, do, and think. John 1:43 The following day Jesus wanted to go to Galilee, and He found Philip and said to him, “Follow Me.”
I am a servant. I look for opportunities to serve my family, friends, my church family, and my leaders. Mark 9:35 And He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.”
I have authority. I am under authority and live with authority in Christ. Luke 10:19 Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.