ARTICLE VOL 1
Dr. Biodun Sotunmbi
Theme: Being A Disciple: What It Means, What It Takes
Text: Luke 6:13 (KJV)
1. Who is a disciple, a Christian disciple?
A Christian disciple is someone who is called by Jesus to be His disciple. On the other hand no one answers the call of Jesus unless God the Father actually invites him, John 6:44.
However it is not everyone called that accepts the call and actually follows Jesus. Indeed according Luke’s gospel it was not everyone that Jesus invited that He found suitable for the assignment.
And when it was day he called unto
him his disciples; and of them he chose
twelve whom he also named apostle. Lk. 6:13
Even among those He chose there were some who dropped out spiritually because they could not meet His standards, John 6:52-66. The most prominent deserter was Judas Iscariot who betrayed Him despite the Lord’s warnings, Mark 14:17-21.
The point which arises at this stage is whether Jesus took a risk in calling him as a follower. Did He not have fore knowledge concerning the character of this man, John 12:3-6?
The fact is that all the disciples Jesus chose were human beings. They had their strengths and weaknesses. As he taught, guided and led them he expected them to be more and more like Him, John chapters 5, 6 and 7, Lk 8:22-25. Jesus could not have deliberately selected someone who would be disloyal, to the point of handing him over to His enemies, and then turn around to condemn him for doing just that. Jesus was never a hypocrite!
Let us return to our initial question. Who is a disciple of Christ? It was not just the initial twelve or the seventy (Luke 10) but everyone who believed in him, accepted His teachings and His leadership, status and role as the saviour, down the ages, and even in our time.
So every believer can be a Peter, Paul or John. We are all called to serve. And service means preaching, teaching and witnessing for Him. It means giving, comforting and admonishing those who are in need. We are required to give our time, energy, knowledge and skills for the cause of the
2. So what does it take to be a disciple?
a. Faith. The bible says in Hebrews 11:6
But without faith it is impossible to please him;
for he that cometh to God must believe that he is,
and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently
b. Commitment. To follow the master is to commit yourself to the gospel. Every disciple is a member of the Great Commission Movement, to take the good news to everywhere you can go, telling whoever cares to listen, “Jesus loves you.” Those who cannot go can make resources available. They can also pray.
c. Discipline. A disciple must live a disciplined life, Rom. 12:1-2.
d. Study and Meditate on the bible such that the word of God becomes your companion. Josh. 1:8; Col. 3:16.
e. Resist the demand of the flesh. The attractions of the world are many. Run away from them. Gal. 5:16-18.
3. Who is our Model? Jesus
He was exceptionally humble. Whatever He did He gave glory to His
father, never to Himself, John 8:49-50, John 5:18-20
He put aside His glory, status and power, to deliver and save those
who even merited eternal condemnation, John 3:16-17
Compassion flowed from his heart towards the poor, the lowly, the
sick and, indeed, everyone in need, Matt. 20:30-34
He was obedient to His Father, even unto death, Lk. 23:34
Not only did He forgive His enemies, Lk. 23:34, He insisted that we,
His disciples, should forgive ours too. Mk. 11:25
4. The Gains of Discipleship
i. You become a friend and confidant of God. Lk. 12:4, John 15:14
ii. Because you are friends God begins to entrust some of His
powers (the gifts of the Holy Spirit) to you and you are thereby
able to do the things Jesus did, John 14:12, Mk. 16:17 & 18
iii. Because you are one of His ambassadors here on earth He empowers you to confront the devil and the fellow would flee from you, James 4:7
iv. For every investment you make in His earthly enterprise He offers you 100% return plus a guarantee of eternal life, Mk. 10:29-30
v. He gives attention to your prayers. John 14:13-14
Finally if you have what it takes be a disciple today, not just a christian by birth or by name only.