What it means to be a disciple

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.




One thought on “What it means to be a disciple

  1. After one has read who God is and what pleases God it becomes clear the first thing God requires is:
    1.The Christian is to take care of their family.
    Scripture does not instruct us to sit around in wonderment waiting for the answer to the question. “What does God want me to do?”

    The family is the bedrock of all communities in every culture.
    The family is the guard against poverty, lawlessness and injustice when combined with and founded on scripture and the laws of God.
    A family structure based on Christian Principles lessens the burdens on government, eases the plight of the poor and underprivileged, lessens the need for more laws and guardians of the state because Christ’s teaching do not encourage lawlessness.
    Disease associated with promiscuity would decline. Children born out of wedlock would decline.
    Abortion would be greatly reduced if not completely eradicated.
    Older family members would be tended to and Fathers would stay put.

    What Thompson says is correct “discover what God wants you to DO and DO it.”
    Those things are discovered in the written Holy Word of God.
    Career paths are found in the desires of the heart and what you love to do.

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