Saturday, February 9, 2013

The Endgame for a Disciple

Jesus said, "And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple." Luke 14:27

Being a disciple of Jesus is more than showing up at church and hearing the sermon. It is more than helping out in a Sunday school class or singing in the choir. The Biblical concept of discipleship gives us the idea of someone who has to sacrifice in order to be the student of a famous teacher, or the apprentice to a master tradesman.

As I have watched over the years, I have seen many people who would call themselves disciples of Jesus who do not seem to want the same outcomes for their lives as does the One they call their Master.  I have seen some college students who sign up for a class on a lark and have no intention of learning anything or getting anything useful out of that course, and I have seen the same in the spiritual realm. There are thousands who have "signed up." They have prayed the sinners prayer with a sincere desire to have their sins forgiven and escape Hell, but without any desire for the bigger endgame that God had in mind for salvation; that is reconciliation to Him and conformity to Christ.

This is where we come to the point of our thoughts for today. Notice the "endgame" that Paul and Peter describe here.

Philippians 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

 1 Peter 2:21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:

If we are truly going to be disciples of Christ, then we must want for ourselves the same result, the same endgame in life that He wants for us. More specifically we have to want to "know Him" and "follow in His steps." Simply put, this is learning to be like Jesus. These are the things that our Master is trying to teach us; the things He is trying to build into our lives.

And so, part of being a disciple is being in agreement with our Master on what the ultimate objective of our apprenticeship is.


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