Becoming a Disciple

  • John 8:31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples….”
  • John 13:35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
  • John 15:8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
  • Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”

Some believers will remain believers all their lives and never become disciples. They’ll be content in having their ticket to heaven and to spend eternity with God. They may never live out the plans that God has for them because they don’t develop and mature as Christians. Others will be satisfied with showing up at church most Sundays but may never make a conscious decision to grow spiritually. It is not for us to judge them but pray for them and ask that they be enlightened. In John 8:31, Jesus made the distinction between a believer and a disciple. Jesus described real disciples as those who obeyed His teachings. He also said that His disciples would be known by the love they had one for another, would bear much fruit, would deny themselves and take up their cross and follow Him.

A disciple is one who leaves his “self” aside to live a life committed to Christ in everything he does. He chooses to become spiritually mature. A disciple seeks to know his Master through His Word, prayer time, praising Him, and worshiping Him. Obedience is not an option for a committed believer.

How to become a disciple:
  1. Make a commitment to seek, pursue, surrender to, and follow Jesus.
  2. Become a student of the Word and know who you are in Christ and what you are called to do. Obey God’s commands as written in the Bible and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. It will always line up with God’s Word.
  3. Take time in fellowship with God, Jesus and Holy Spirit. Get to know them and let them guide you.
  4. Be intentional to thank, praise and worship God to encounter Him and enter in His presence.
  5. When you miss it, be quick to repent.

Call to action:
If you haven’t surrendered all that you are and all that you have to God, you might want to reflect on doing this and make the commitment to become a disciple. Choose to follow your Master. You will walk into the destiny He has for your life.