Sunday, March 06, 2016

Disciples Of Jesus Christ - What It Takes To Be One

A disciple is one who is willing to follow and learn from Jesus Christ; one who is ready to learn his physical attributes and aspire to be endued with his spiritual qualities as well. Discipleship is about learning from him and transmitting that which you have learnt from him to those you are going to raise. Christianity would be incomplete if the early disciples like Simon Peter, Andrew, James the son of Zebedee, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Thaddeus did not follow Christ religiously and carry out 'The Great Commission'. They stayed with and learned from the master: they imbibed his teachings and transmitted all he taught them to the next generations of believers to ensure there was continuity. In order for one to be a good disciple, one needs to have the following qualities: 1. Willingness to learn: One must be willing to learn from Christ himself or from those who have been disciples themselves. One must be prepared to study the word of God at all times and put on the qualities of the master as written down therein. 2. Obedience: he must be ready to be obedient to the authority of God, Christ and the leaders of the church. Anyone who is not ready to obey established authorities is not ready to be a disciple. 3. Persecution: he should be ready to face persecution as well because the master made it clear that his followers must be ready to face persecution just as he did since a servant cannot be greater than his master. 4. Patience: Such a person must be patient because Christ demonstrated his strength by being patient. 5. Love: One great attribute of Jesus was his love and compassion for humanity and the dying soul. He's always moved to compassion at the suffering of man and is always ready to do something to alleviate human suffering and pain. 6. Faith: A disciple must have faith in his master; he must believe in the master's ability to meet his needs, take care of him and protect him. He must believe that no matter the circumstances the master is always there to answer him whenever he called. 7. Zeal: Such a person must also have the zeal and hunger to be like his master. Peter was one such example who kept striving to be like Jesus Christ; he even asked Christ to invite him to walk on the water like himself. 8. Raise others: Christ instructed Peter to take care of the sheep. He also told the disciples to teach all nations in his name. His followers should therefore be willing not only to teach others, but to also to support them in the Lord. As one who wants to be a disciple of the Lord, are you ready to carry the cross that he carried? Are you ready to learn from him and carry out the great commission? Think about what it takes to be one and make up your mind to follow the master to the end. Joseph Ezie Efoghor is a Christian author and writes on several interesting topics. For more of his articles visit http://jossy-bible-life.blogspot.com Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/5713383

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