Be what? DISCIPLES! Catchy title, huh? It’s the title of a message series Resolution (College ministry), Sekond Floor (Middle & High School), and YP are all in. As I’ve prepared sermons, it’s been fun to bounce ideas off of Ryan, Aaron, Kyle, J CRON, and Kerley.
God wants us to be more than believers. I mean even Demons believe in God. God wants us to be disciples. I’m a changed man because I decided to be more than a good Christian guy. I committed to follow Jesus and become His disciple. As I’ve done that, I’ve found my purpose on this world. What is it? Honor God and make other disciples.
A disciple is simply a person who imitates Jesus. This person, through the Gospel of Jesus, is being molded more and more into the image of Christ. Who doesn’t want to be like Jesus? Now before you sign on the dotted line you have to understand that there is a cost for those who follow Him, listen to His teaching, and become obedient to what He commands. Jesus was pretty clear with the cost associated with following Him:
Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me. 24 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.
Discipleship releases us into the fullness of God’s purpose for your life. We receive all that He has promised to us when we submit ourselves to His authority. In order for us to submit to Him we need to get a deeper revelation and understanding of who He is and the love He has for us. When that happens everything changes. Our world becomes radically different.
Discipleship happens through faithfulness and obedience to the Lord of Heaven and Earth…True faithfulness and obedience, again, comes through love. The power and recognition of the love Jesus has for me produces a desire in me to want to be obedient. It COMPELS me to follow Him. Love produces love.
Let us be a people that commit to being a disciple of Jesus. Disciples don’t just keep the pews warm. They change the world.
I’m Harold Dorrell Briscoe. Thanks for reading.