What Is The Cost of Discipleship
Discipleship or a disciple means to be disciplined in all aspects. A disciple must be much disciplined in his life. He should follow his teacher without any fail.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
A disciple is one who follows his teacher blindly leaving out all his/her desires, plans and resources. He sacrifices everything voluntarily for the sake of his teacher. Jesus had a broad picture of making disciples not believers, and he has even given the great commission to make disciples. There are many who are believers but only few disciples.
A disciple knows the heart of God and acts accordingly. A disciple is a continuous process, and many people, at some point in their life, decided to believe. They believe that Jesus is God’s Son and that He died for their sins, but they never really make a commitment to follow Jesus.
Luke 12:24 “Any one who doesn’t carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple”.
Carrying the cross is not all about to take a cross made of wood or some material. Here Jesus doesn’t mentioned a physical cross; it is all about to sacrificing the self. Jesus made it clear that to call yourself Christian is more than intellectual acceptance about who He is. It is following Him with the whole heart.
John 13:34,35 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Jesus came to earth from heaven only to show His love for the whole of mankind. He did the same during His ministry. Here in this verse, we can clearly see that Jesus gave a new command. A command is the one to obey.
A disciple is the one who obeys the command of His master and only if we obey Jesus and love one another we are His disciples as John 8:31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, ”If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.
Fans try to compartmentalize their lives. They try to obey Jesus in the areas they want to obey Him in. Jesus made it clear that there is no such thing as “selective allegiance” When we decide to follow Him, it calls for complete commitment and total surrender. Many people or flexible on their approach to Jesus, they do not do it unless they really like it!.