The Demands of Discipleship

by Paul Tautges | June 3, 2013 3:23 pm

[Today’s post has been graciously provided by Scott Williquette of First Baptist Church of Rockford, Illinois[1].]

In the Gospels our Savior reveals what it means to be His disciple. In spite of the clarity and force of His words; however, they are often ignored today.  The demands of discipleship are tremendous. They are astronomical. Jesus doesn’t want some or most.  He wants all. According to Jesus, anything less than all—than everything— is not worthy of Him and places one’s relationship with Him in question.

If you have placed repentant faith in Jesus Christ you are His disciple. You gave yourself to Him in order to be like Him and to please Him. As you read these four passages and their ramifications for daily life, do so prayerfully. Compare your present commitment to Jesus with what He says it ought to be. Dedicate yourself to truly and faithfully following the One who gave Himself for you.

Jesus’ disciples renounce ownership over their lives; they are dead to all but Jesus.

“Then Jesus told his disciples, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.’” (Matthew 16:24)

Jesus’ disciples love Him with unmatched affection and passion.

“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:26-27)

Jesus’ disciples sit at His feet to learn and obey His wisdom.

“So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, ‘If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples.’” (John 8:31)

Jesus’ disciples love each other and broadcast their commitment to Jesus by means of that love.

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35)

May the Spirit of God use the words of Jesus above to increase our love for Him and prod us to live lives of self-denial, submission and service. May Jesus’ name be exalted and fame be spread. May His followers follow Him and by so doing bring Him the glory He deserves.

  1. First Baptist Church of Rockford, Illinois:

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