The Mystery of Discipleship

#11 The Difference Between Disciples and Believers

Posted: Saturday, March 18th, 2017
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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.

Devotional

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

  1. desires of the flesh (the man with the wife),
  2. the desires of the eye (the man who wanted to see his land), and
  3. 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.

Other Devotionals in The Mystery of Discipleship Series

Mystery of Discipleship #91 Whose Love Do You Love? #90 The Disciples Were Following Love #89 Seeing the Father #88 From the Eyes of Your Heart #87 To See the Lord #86 Fellowship with the Son #85 Spiritual Ears that Hear God #84 The Disciple's Spiritual Purity #83 Mixture Is Wanting Something for ME #82 For Love of the World #81 The Conscience of the World #80 Salt, the Unseen Spark #79 Salt of the Earth #78 The Heart's Possessions #77 Priests and Disciples #76 Faith and Surrender Were the Victory #75 Soldier of Christ Jesus #74 We Will Be Sifted Like Wheat #73 Jesus' Prayer in Warfare #72 Victory in the Vessel #71 The Cost of the Conflict #70 God's Consecrated People #69 Where Jesus is Lord, People are Church #68 The Presence of the Lord #67 An Abode for God #66 A Holy Temple #65 Church is Christ #64 The Boss: Jesus Christ, the Head #63 Supreme Head of the Church #62 Ministry to the Church #61 Disciples are Builders #60 Enemies of the Cross #59 Raised by the Power of Resurrection #58 The Disciple and the Kingdom #57 The Cross and the Nature of Man #56 The End of Effort #55 A Terrifyingly Beautiful Process #54 The Cost of Building and Battling #53 The Cost of the Call #52 Crucified to the World #51 You Boast About What You Love #50 The Cross: Abandon Self for HIM #49 The Cross and the Will #48 The Cross Began in Gethsemane #47 The Cross is the Zeal of God #46 The Power of God #45 The Cross is Love #44 The Cross is a Divide #43 The Brilliance of the Word #42 Love Alone Embraces the Cross #41 Repentance and Transformation #40 Love in Exact Proportion to Repentance #39 Passion for Christ #38 Our Gracious and Brilliant Lord #37 To Love the Lord with Undying Love #36 The Last and Largest Love #35 Do You Love Me? #34 The Sword of Love #33 Discipleship is Abandon #32 Christ Is My Home #31 A Healthy Hatred for My Soul-Life #30 Your Heritage from Family #29 The Heavenly Father Is the Source #28 Belonging to God and His Family #27 One Family in Christ Jesus #26 Spirit of Counsel and Knowledge #25 A Cross Experience for the Disciple #24 Jesus' True Family Revealed #23 The One Criterion for Family #22 Enemies in the House #21 Christ's Dominion Isn't Cruel to Family #20 Spiritual Understanding is Responsibility #19 Belonging to God, a Right of Ownership #18 When We Come to Christ as a Disciple #17 The Major Condition of Discipleship #16 The IF of Discipleship #15 How a Believer Becomes a Disciple #14 Utter Dependence – Blind, Poor, Lame and Needy #13 What Is God's View of Disciples? #12 Guests of the Marriage Supper
#11 The Difference Between Disciples and Believers (Currently Viewing)
#10 Possessions, Position, and People #9 When the Invitees Make Excuses #8 Marriage of the Lamb #7 The Desire for Reward #6 The Truly Hungry Follow Jesus #5 Discipleship Requires a Transformation of Thinking #4 Honor in the Lowest Place #3 Discipleship Is an Offer #2 The Model and Order for a Disciple #1 A Disciple Can Make Disciples