Becoming Disciples Of Christ
What Is A Disciple?
A Disciple is defined as a Learner, A Pupil, One who comes to be Taught.
The Disciple/Teacher relationship is more than a student listening to a lecture. A disciple takes in every word, clinging to what the teacher says with an earnest desire to apply what he has learned.
Luke 4:25-35 Tells us how Jesus clearly laid out the tests and requirements of Discipleship. Christ has shown us how the message of the Gospel is for everyone. Jesus seeks quality over quantity. He has made it very clear that when it comes to Discipleship, He is more interested in the quality of a Disciple, not the number of Disciples there are.
Matthew 7:13-14 "Enter Ye at the strait gate; for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat. Because strait is the gate and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it."
John 8:31-32 "Then said Jesus to the Jews that believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
Jesus identifies the True Disciples as those who (1) believed in Him, (2) continued in His word, (3) will be freed from sin by the Word. They will not be sinless, but blameless, free from the power of sin. There, you wanted to know how you could become a disciple of or for Christ all you have to do is believe in Him with all your heart, all your mind and all your spirit, continue to spread the word of salvation through Christ Jesus, and rid yourself of the power of sin. Impossible you may say? Nope, not if we simply put Him first, last and always above all else in our lives. After all, look where we have put money, possessions and success at in our lives. It's quite clear that we are all guilty of putting those ahead of everything, all we really have to do is make Christ the center of our universe. Place Him above all else. The correct chain of command should be Christ, family, self. By placing Christ first and trusting in Him, he will make sure the other parts of the chain are well taken care of.
Matthew 6:25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat and the body than raiment?
What Jesus is saying in this passage is don't be so taken up by material needs that we distrust God and we become distracted from faithfully doing His will. Once you set your heart on the material possessions of the world or to worry about the lack of these possessions is to live in complete insecurity, thus, depriving yourself of the spiritual blessings of God. To become a disciple, a true disciple of Christ means total and complete surrender and trust in Him to provide for your material needs, then allowing that light of surrender and trust to shine through you on to others in order to continue sharing the true Word of God. You must have a genuine love of and for people. Be friendly and kind and willing to plant the seeds of faith and water them, then trust in God with their growth. Through your example and love, encourage others to follow you on your path.
Getting to Know Jesus Christ
Prayer, Prayer, Prayer! Getting to know your Lord and Savior means building a relationship. This relationship like any is built on communication, communication through prayer. Through prayer, you learn how to further trust Him and you are more able to turn over control of the stresses of life and the ties that bind. This leads to total and complete surrender to Him, giving complete trust in Him.
What do we know about Christ? God loves us and He wants us to have a personal relationship with His son Jesus Christ. This is an unconditional never-ending love even if we haven't loved Him. Unfortunately, our relationship with Christ has been broken by sin. We have all made choices showing we are inclined to be indifferent to God. Isaiah 56:6 "All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, everyone, to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all". The result of our choices to ignore God is spiritual death. But God has provided a solution for our lost relationship with Him, Jesus Christ came to do what we couldn't do ourselves, John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that who believes in Him will not perish but will have everlasting life". Christ Jesus died in our place to pay the penalty for our sin. Christ suffered for us all, being put to death in the flesh to be made alive by the Spirit. He conquered the grave and rose from the dead to show that His claims were true. What do we need to do to build our relationship with Christ? First and foremost we must place our unwavering trust in Him. We must admit our need for forgiveness. (Romans 3:23 "For we have all sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God". By opening your heart and inviting Him in lays the foundation for trust and forgiveness and makes a clear path for receiving Christ and His offering of salvation as a gift. (Ephesians 2:8-9 "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast".)
Where to Begin?
First of all, our relationship with Christ begins today, right now, this very instant. You begin by putting your faith and trust in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. A very simple prayer is similar to this: Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and my sin has separated me from You. Thank you for sending your Son to die in my place. I now trust Jesus to forgive my sins and I invite Him into my heart and in to my life as my Lord and Savior. Thank you for receiving me into Your eternal family. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Your everlasting relationship with Christ begins, like any relationship, with knowledge. Learning the Word of God by studying the bible daily. Get to know your neighbors and start a bible study. The best way of learning is by involving others and discussion groups. Listening to others is a good way of not only getting to know the Bible, but it is an excellent way of spreading the message of salvation. Although God is invisible to us mortals, He can become the most reliable, trusted and loving reality in your life! The closer you get to God, the closer He will come to you. Again, you draw closer to God by learning His word. The Bible is more valuable than all the rest of the books in the world, combined; it is priceless! It is the Creators revelation to His creation regarding his plan and how we should live our lives to fulfill our purpose and to obtain the best results. The Bible is God's Word, God speaking to each of us. We must listen and listen carefully.