Devotional
DISCIPLES OF CHRIST

DISCIPLES OF CHRIST

“Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

Matthew 4:19‬ ‬

Being a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ means learning from Him and to stay close to Him. These two requirements were essential for Christ’s disciples then, and likewise are necessary for followers of Christ today. Mark.3.14 – Then He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach. When Christ called His first disciples He simply said, “Follow Me.” These humble fishermen responded by leaving their careers, their possessions, and even their families to follow Him. If you think “well, that’s such an outrageous thing to do” it’s only because of how you see Jesus, if the richest man in the world asked you to follow, I doubt you’ll have a problem with that? Well, Following Jesus is worth much more!

To be a disciple, in the most basic sense, is to be a follower of Christ. I think the idea of discipleship that Jesus left us with is to be wholehearted followers of Christ. We grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ through the renewing of our minds. We have a new heart, we have the Holy Spirit within us, and by God’s grace, He has given us this revelation. 2Pet.3.18 – but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.

As a disciple, you learn of the way, the character, and the teaching of your master, you don’t get to decide which you will obey or follow, a disciple is disciplined.

It’s obvious from any study of Christ’s dealings with His disciples in Scripture that the key to His ministry with them was that He spent quantity and quality time with them. This principle is highlighted in passages like Mark 3:14, where it says, “…that they might be with Him…” The key to discipleship was the opportunity to get close to the teacher. There can be no true discipleship if the parties are distant from one another. After Jesus’ resurrection, His followers gathered on that hillside in Palestine to watch as He ascended back into heaven. The Lord took that opportunity to give them one more set of instructions (Matthew 28:19-20), but He also gives them an amazing message of encouragement, “…I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” His earthly disciples realized that He was about to leave them to return to His Heavenly Father; but in this last time together, He helped them to understand that because He was God, they could actually be with Him for the rest of their lives.

It’s so important for Christ’s disciples today to understand this important truth as well. Being a disciple of Christ means spending time with Him. We must give quality time to the study of his word.

Secondly, Christ’s disciples stay close to Him by making prayer a top priority. There was one other essential ingredient in Christ’s ministry with His followers — He prayed (Luke 9:18), He taught them to pray (Luke 11:1-4), and He expected them to pray (Luke 22:39-46). God Himself established prayer as a way for Christ-followers to communicate directly with the Father (Hebrews 4:14-16). Prayer proves that His disciples are dependent upon Him — and true disciples of Christ will be characterized by a vibrant prayer life.

Christ expects His disciples to follow Him — to learn from Him and to stay close to Him. That’s what He wanted from His followers during His earthly ministry and that is what He wants from His disciples today.

FURTHER READING: 2 Timothy 3:14-17

CONFESSION: I RECKON MYSELF AS A DISCIPLE OF CHRIST,  I GIVE MYSELF TO TRAINING AND GROWTH IN THE GRACE AND KNOWLEDGE OF CHRIST, BEING DISCIPLINED IN MY DEVOTION AND SERVICE TO MY MASTER, JESUS.

THERE IS LOVE IN SHARING