Be True Disciples of Christ
For many years, I have been active in serving God in the various ministries, especially in evangelism and leading Bible study groups. One day, a young Christian asked me a very difficult question. She asked, “The Bible teaches that once you accept Christ into your heart, you will inherit eternal life. Since you are a Christian and have eternal life, why do you have to be so active in serving God and following His commandments? Even if you only attend church and not get involved in ministry, you will still be a Christian, right? You will still go to Heaven, right?”
I told her, “Salvation comes through faith and not by works. However, if there are no works, meaning that if a Christian refuses to serve God in church, then his/her faith may be in doubt. Christ came to serve us and we, as His disciples, ought to follow Christ’s example and serve God and others.”
Christians also enjoy many blessings from being true disciples of Jesus:
- (Matthew 5:8) “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”
True disciples of Jesus constantly communicate with the Lord Jesus through prayers and the reading of His Word and as such, they will enjoy greater intimacy with the Lord. Through that intimacy, they will be able to understand the desires of the Lord and will then be able to see God for who He truly is.
- (1 Peter 2:2-3) “2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.”
The constant reading of and meditating on God’s Word help disciples of Jesus to be more mature spiritually.
When we are familiar with God’s Word, we will be able to enjoy victory when tempted as we are able to use Scriptures for support and strength in our spiritual journey.
We would also be able to make wiser decisions as we are guided by the wisdom of God’s Word.
- (1 Peter 4:10) “10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”
Disciples of Jesus are taught to be good stewards of all that God has given to us and to serve God faithfully. In doing so, we grow to be Kingdom-seeking and as such, God is able to entrust key assignments to His true disciples because we obey Him and He knows He can trust us to get His work done.
Throughout the history of mankind, many disciples of Jesus have been seen to have achieved tasks which seem to be humanly impossible.
- (Acts 19:11-12) “11 God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, 12 so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them.”
True disciples experience great power and anointing. As disciples constantly draw strength from the Lord Jesus, they are filled with the Spirit of God and will experience the manifestation of the Spirit through the healing ministry, deliverance from the evil spirits, and others.
- (Acts 9:36-41) 36 In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha… she was always doing good and helping the poor. 37 About that time she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room. 38 Lydda was near Joppa; so when the disciples heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men to him and urged him, “Please come at once!”
39 Peter went with them, and when he arrived he was taken upstairs to the room. All the widows stood around him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was still with them.
40 Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up. 41 He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. Then he called for the believers, especially the widows, and presented her to them alive.
As we see from this encounter of Tabitha, disciples who are aligned to the will of God through a constant walk with Him, experience great blessings from God in the different aspects of their personal lives.
- (John 15:15) “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.”
Jesus called His disciples friends because they love Him and they enjoy spending time with Him just like what good friends would do. Friends also share their hearts and plans with one another and through the intimate communication with one another, friends of God will come to know more about what God is doing through the lives of His people and the world.
Let us pray.
“Dear God, please help me to not just be a mere follower of the teachings of the Bble but be a true disciple of Jesus Christ. Help me to be willing to surrender my will to the Your will and be fully aligned with Your will for my life so that I may serve You wholeheartedly. Thank You that by surrendering myself, I will have the privilege of experiencing intimate friendship with You, my Creator and Lord. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.”