For years you have been saying I want to be more like Jesus, a true follower of Christ. A disciple is your goal, but you fall short. Okay, I hear you so let’s try again, but first you do know you can’t do it in your own strength it will take the Holy Spirit. Your flesh has no place in this day by day walk to be a dedicated personal follower of Christ. Christ is your teacher, so let’s begin to become a disciple of Christ.
When we think about disciples of Christ, the original twelve come to mind, and those chosen disciples came from all types of backgrounds and professions, from fishermen to tax collector to a thief. Jesus made it very clear that he is there for the sinners and people who are hurting not for those that think they have it all together. Matthew 9:10-13 KJV And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, (Matthews’ house) behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
We can become disciples by doing these three things: following Jesus, listening to Jesus and learning from Jesus. How many people do you follow on social media or connect with personally because you like them and want to be like them to some degree? If we want to be like Christ, we have to follow him to see what that entails, the characteristics of him. How can I be like Jesus if I don’t follow him, to know what he does, how he speaks and treats others. For example, you want to move up the corporate ladder, become a supervisor, manager or VP, you follow someone in one of those roles, for example your own boss or you could find a mentor.
And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him. Matthew 9:9. KJV
Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men. And straightway they forsook their nets, and followed him. Mark 1: 16-18 KJV
The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me. John 1:43 KJV
Your plan is to be like that colleague one day and you trust them right, or you wouldn’t be trying to follow in their footsteps, so therefore a part of your path to discipleship is listening to Jesus, the one you have made a spiritual decision to follow and listen to wholeheartedly.
While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him. Matthew 17:5 KJV
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: John 10:27 KJV
And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. Mark 4:9 KJV
We have to listen intently and enthusiastically, because we want to learn everything the person teaching us knows. We want to soak up every ounce of knowledge so we can eventually apply that knowledge which includes knowledge of the word of God and obeying the word of God, with the hope of passing that knowledge on to others who will maybe be like you on the job or better yet, God willing, a disciple of Christ.
We have to learn from Jesus to be a disciple of Christ and one of his best lessons was the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5 -7, it is about the moral teachings and traits that followers of Jesus should demonstrate. This sermon also included 9 blessings, Matthew 5:3-11 called Beatitudes, the word is from the Latin beatus meaning “blessed”. Some of these blessings were a proclamation of both the Old and New Testament.
What we should do as disciples of Christ: Keep the commandments, obey God’s word, worship God in spirit and in truth, and make other disciples.
If ye love me, keep my commandments. John 14:15
And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it. 2 John1:6
But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it. Luke 11:28 KJV
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. John 4:24
Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. Rev. 14:12
Therefore thou shalt love the Lord thy God, and keep his charge, and his statutes, and his judgments, and his commandments, alway. Deut. 11:1 KJV
As a disciple, you will want a chain reaction, because what you have and what you will be able to share will benefit others, hopefully inspiring them to become disciples too. What you learn about your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and put into practice will mold you into looking more and more like Jesus. The fruit of the spirit taking root in your life. A prayer life that will only get stronger and you will see things the way Christ’s sees things. And in addition to all of that you will approach situations with a different mindset. An increase in faith that God is with you as you go forth as a disciple, being a personal follower of Christ, with a purpose designed just for you by God.
1Cor15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
Now that you know what it takes to be a disciple of Christ, are you ready to carry out the Great Commission?
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. A-men´. Matthew 28:19-20