Innoculated with Jesus Juice

Innoculated with Jesus Juice?

Another post for my leadership training…this one about discipleship.  I enjoyed writing it and thought you might enjoy reading it. 

How we view discipleship and apply it to our own lives is of paramount importance if we want to grow into leadership roles. Some of us may become leaders, but all of us are, and will always remain, followers of Jesus.

Reading through the Gospels this week has helped me highlight a number of key components of discipleship (I believe these answer both “what is a disciple” and “what are the requirements”).

Continually immersed in God’s Word (John 8:31 “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed”)

Greatest desire is to become a carbon copy of the teacher (Luke 6:40 “A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher”)

Renounces all rights (Luke 14:33 “So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple”) Whether or not we are asked to forsake all literally, we must be prepared to.

Someone who loves God and out of that flows a love for all people. (John 13:35 “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another”)

That last one is the most important in my mind because it is all encompassing. If we truly love Jesus, then we will be reading His word, building a relationship with Him, relying on the Holy Spirit, forsaking all else and loving other people as God loves them. We must train people (Matthew 28:20 “teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you”) so that we are producing disciples for Christ (not just people inoculated with a bit of Jesus juice.)

This is not to say that the hard discipleship sayings are easy to apply. But it is possible. If we truly desire to “run a rescue mission within a yard of hell” as C.T. Studd said, then we absolutely must live a radical lifestyle. We must endeavor to bow down low before our Savior and lift Him high with our praise. We must combat the belief in our society that to get ahead involves tearing others down. We must be quick to listen, full of compassion and mercy, and bringing things before Jesus instead of acting impulsively. We must renew our minds daily.

We are a living and breathing demonstration of the power of our God to take the unlovely and sinful and make it stunning and holy. We must not be ashamed to present that truth to those around us. Our journey of discipleship will not be easy as we combat Satan and our own shortcomings at every step but it is happening daily through the work of the Holy Spirit. And one day soon we shall hear the powerful and eternal greeting of “good and faithful disciples!”

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