Part 1 – Discipleship in a Distracted Age
This past Sunday we considered what it means to be a Disciple of Jesus in a Distracted Age.
The human tendency is to be distracted and to run to ANYTHING other than God in order to cope with the realities of our own sins. However, the call of Jesus is to find true life, meaning, and purpose in relationship with Him; essentially true and eternal life is found in being a Disciple of Jesus.
We read in Matthew 16:24-25:
24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.
To become a disciple is to enter into a relationship with Christ through repentance and faith.
To become a disciple is to count the cost of denying yourself, taking up your cross and following Jesus.
Becoming a Disciple of Jesus is not adding Jesus on to our Identity.
Becoming a Disciple is submitting to Jesus, and learning to re-submit every area of our life EVERY DAY.
We learned that to become a Disciple of Jesus is to be committed to three aspects of life with God. If we are growing in one or two but neglect the other, we can easily become imbalanced and not fulfill our calling as followers of Jesus.
Reading Scripture, not only books ABOUT scripture
Teaching how to apply
34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Bear fruit in good works, deeds of mercy
Makes disciples - to be a disciple of Jesus is to be a “Disciple who makes Disciples”.
This is the command which Jesus leaves us with in Matthew 28, also known as the Great Commission:
16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
The command of Jesus to His disciples was to make more disciples, with the assurance that He himself would be with them. This is our assurance, that Jesus is with us and He patiently, lovingly, and assuredly will accomplish His mission through us.
May we find confidence in that our God is with us and invites us to join Him in His mission to make disciples who find true life, meaning, and purpose in relationship with Him.