“If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me.” -Jesus (NLT)
A ‘follower’ is a disciple. Discipleship is the practice of following the leader, learning from him, and imitating him.
The Cost of No Discipleship is Greater.
If the original 12 disciples would have chosen not to follow Jesus, His teachings and example would have died with Him; the impact on His disciples would have dimmed and eventually disappear with them. There would be no witness, no healing, no church, no salvation.
True discipleship is very costly. It means to set “my” agenda aside, and make His agenda mine. Discipleship is learning His ways, teachings, heart. It transforms us into vessels of His purpose, His light, His Spirit.
The foundation for true discipleship is His Word. Our growth depends on our level of commitment to His Word.
Hebrews 4:12 says that “the word (Logos) of God is living and active”. How can that happen?
- Reading and hearing the Word
Nehemiah 8:8 “They read out of the book of the law of God, translating and giving the meaning so that the people could understand what was read. Nehemiah the governor, Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who were instructing the people said to all of them, “This day is holy to the LORD your God. Do not mourn or weep.” For all the people were weeping as they heard the words of the law
- Memorizing the Word
Joshua 1:8 is sandwiched between two powerful commandments in vv. 7 and 9 – to be strong and courageous”:
NET Bible: This law scroll must not leave your lips! You must memorize (chant) it day and night so you can carefully obey all that is written in it. Then you will prosper and be successful.
- Meditating the Word
Psalm 119 is full of meditation ideas:
- 15 “I will meditate in Your teachings”
- 27 “I will meditate in Your wonderful deeds”
- 48 “I will meditate on Your declarations”
- 148 “I will meditate in Your promises”
48:9 “I meditate in Your unfailing love”
63:6 “In the watches of the night, I meditate on You”
- Intentionally practicing (living) the Word
Micah 4:2 “Come and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD And to the house of the God of Jacob, That He may teach us about His ways And that we may walk in His paths.”