Last week we began a discussion on discipleship, focusing on its meaning and implications. We talked about the decision we all must make, and that Jesus told us that we needed to “count the cost.” The definition of a disciple of Christ we settled on was; “A personal, lifelong, obedient relationship with Christ, that transforms our character into Christlikeness, changes our values, and involves us in His mission.”
A clear call from Jesus Himself, indicates that His kind of discipleship calls for giving Him ultimate supremacy. Luke 9:23 and John 15:5-8 make it clear that our discipleship must be evaluated, not on what we say but, on our willingness, to do what He says.
How encouraging it is to know that, “The eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” II Chronicles 16:9 He wants us to trust Him and follow Him. It is really, pretty simple to understand though not so simple to live out. But that is where we get more good news. He will empower us to do all that He calls us to do. If we ever get our head wrapped around the extent of God’s love for us there isn’t anything that will seem too much for us. Remember, “you were bought at a price; therefore, glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1 Corinthians 6:20). What a mighty God we serve.