#15 How a Believer Becomes a Disciple
Posted: Wednesday, March 22nd, 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.
Luke 14:25-26 NIV
Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them He said, “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be My disciple.”
From the Banquet of the Lamb, Jesus turned to present the way into the banquet and the picture of those who will be seated at the table of His joy.
Jesus gives the first condition by which a believer becomes a disciple. As Lord, He asks first place in love before any of our most treasured relationships, our closest ties on earth. Only in this condition can a believer become the disciple of His intimacy.
This is stated as a condition of discipleship – the most severe condition because ‘disciple’ is above all, about relationship with Christ, not service and not human relationships. The disciple lives for and from a private love relationship. Any service or obedience is not the focus or the objective…but the RESULT of following the Lamb.
Therefore, a Christian can be a great leader and not qualify as a disciple. A Christian can be a preacher, missionary, prophet—and never become a disciple.