I stumbled on this post by Gary Thompson via something else he wrote and the magic of Facebook.
This post deals with that central question that is so oddly hard for us to all agree about: What is a disciple? (I wonder if Nike ever has a problem figuring out what shoes are.)
Thompson offers several commonplace ideas about what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ, then gives us his definition.
I’m sure you can add to the list and I encourage you to do so in the comments section of this blog. But let me suggest a simple way to express what makes a Christian disciple. At the core, a disciple is one who does what Jesus repeatedly asked people do. “Take up your cross and follow me.” Do what Jesus did; be like Him. Love and serve others in His name. Of course, church and scripture reading and prayer will be a part of one’s life. We won’t know how to be like Jesus if we are ignorant of the Bible.
So, here it is. If you want to BE a disciple of Jesus–if you want to BE happy and successful in life–discover what God wants you to DO and DO it.