A disciple is a learner and a follower of Jesus Christ. One who grows in Christ and holds to His teaching; believes His doctrine and abides in Him and His word. One who confesses Jesus as the Messiah; is set apart to learn, to imitate Jesus and remain in him. He models Jesus and teaches the precepts of the Bible, doctrine, Christian living, service and worship. One who proclaims the good news and disciples others .A disciple is one who is ready to forsake all for the sake of Jesus Christ and lives the Christian life in its fullness.
During the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ, He chose twelve disciples who were always with him. They learnt at his feet for a period of time. They left their families and abandoned all just to follow Him. He gave them specific assignment to do, such as to preach the word and he gave them power to heal and to cast out demons. He finally instructed them to disciple others. Mk 16:15 and Matt 28:18-19. As it was, so it is today.
Jesus said in Luke 14:27, "And who so ever does not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple." Though we cannot literally walk with him as the first set of disciples, through fellowship with him, reading the word and with the help of the Holy Spirit, we feel him and act like him. John 13:14-17.
Brethren, there is a price to pay for being a disciple. It involves sacrifice, total commitment, obedience, determination, consistency, perseverance, doggedness, ability to imbibe Christ' spirit and imitate him.
A disciple is set apart for a specific role. Having been a disciple, he should be ready to disciple others. Be prepared to learn through the help of the Holy Spirit and be prepared to teach others and preach the word and make disciples after the like of Jesus Christ. Once a disciple, you cannot look back. Luke 9:62. But Jesus said to him, "No one having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God."
Determine to be a disciple till the end. A disciple is to love God more than anyone or anything else. Be ready to forgo whatever will dull your desire to serve, quench your hunger for the word and thirst for prayer or whatever will make the world more attractive to you. It is expected of you to live a sinless life and live a holy life. For you are an ambassador of Christ and you have to represent him very well. Walk continually with God without blemish and pray without ceasing. Always present your body as a living sacrifice. Romans 12:1. Go about doing good works according to the ability God gives you and exhibit the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Galatians 5:22-23.
It is rewarding to be a disciple because your labour will not be in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:58, "Therefore my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labour is not in vain in the Lord." Jesus gave an example of what he expected from his disciples when he washed their feet. John 13:14-15. He said in verse 17, "if you know these things, blessed are you if you do them." A disciple will surely be blessed.
Brethren, to be a disciple is a blessing. You are counted among the wise as you win souls and bear fruit that remain for the Lord (Proverbs 11:30) and eternal reward is promised. 1 Corithians 9:24-25.
Dear Lord, I want to be one of your disciples. Kindly equip me with all I need to be and let me be in Jesus' name. Amen.