Did you know the word disciple(s) appears in the bible more than 250 times? To be a disciple means to be a learner, a pupil, or a follower of another. Discipleship therefore is the process of learning about the teachings of another, internalizing them and then acting upon them. To be a disciple of Jesus Christ, we must learn about Jesus’ teachings and discern what those teachings mean. Then, we are to live those teachings out. It’s this last part then we are to live those teachings out where the rubber meets the road! Living our lives in the way Jesus taught us is not easy.
Admittedly, we like to pick and choose which teachings and stories we “think” God really means for us to follow. Then, we conveniently pass over the ones we’re sure the translators just never did a very good job translating. If that doesn’t work, we rationalize (often mutilating) the teachings we don’t care for like you will have to hate your parents, spouse, children, siblings, and yes, even yourself if you want to be my disciple. Then, when all else fails, we water-down those teachings of Jesus that we just don’t want to live up to – like those requiring Jesus’ disciples (us) to pick up our cross and follow him or the ones about giving away all of our possessions!
Why can’t discipleship just be about going to church on Sundays, tithing, volunteering and going to Bible study? Why can’t I just call myself a disciple of Jesus Christ? I’m a nice person and do nice things for other people….isn’t that enough?
Jesus instructs us to consider the costs of discipleship; “who of us would “build” a house and not weigh the costs?” He challenges us to ask ourselves; can I pay this price? Am I willing to pay this price?
Deciding whether or not we want to be a disciple of Jesus Christ is the most important choice each of us will ever make. On Sunday, we’ll explore together what Jesus teaches us about some of the costs of being his disciple and what he teaches about the benefits of being his disciple.
I look forward to worshipping God with you on Sunday!
Your sister in Christ,