#11 The Difference Between Disciples and Believers
Posted: Saturday, March 18th, 2017Print
About The Mystery of Discipleship Series
Jesus’ closest disciples were trusted to speak for Him and tell us His story. All are called to the mystery of discipleship, but the choice is ours.
1 John 2:15-17 ESV
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eye and pride in possession—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.
The three excuses of the parable were
- desires of the flesh (the man with the wife),
- the desires of the eye (the man who wanted to see his land), and
- the pride of possession (the man who would see his oxen).
It’s all a question of what you focus on to SEE, to keep before you, to think and dwell on…because what you focus on is what you love.
This was a not an issue of work or responsibility but entirely a matter of LOVE. What you love holds you, occupies you, and is your motivation. So to choose your possessions, your position, or your people is actually love of the world and exposes that ‘the love of the Father is not in you.’
The core and hidden difference between disciples and believers is simply…LOVE. It is not the degree of service, the right doctrines, vast knowledge, or great achievement that makes a disciple. It is only LOVE.
The believer has Jesus. The disciple loves Jesus.