What Is A Disciple Like?
A disciple is one who desires to follow Jesus, submit to His will, and obey His Word. Jesus told the multitudes what a disciple of His is like and then challenged them to “count the cost” before declaring their willingness to believe and follow Him. Salvation is completely free, but living the Christian life may cost everything. Everyone who repents and believes in Jesus should be willing and obligated follow Him.
Luke 14:28-33; Ephesians 2:10; Titus 1:16
A Disciple Considers And Chooses To Follow Jesus
- There are only two kinds of people in the world: those who believe and follow Jesus and those who do not.
- Two Gates: Jesus is the strait gate. Only through Him can we be saved. There is no other name whereby we must be saved. Religion is the broad gate. It only leads to destruction.
John 10:9; Acts 4:12
- Two Ways: The narrow way is choosing to believe and follow Jesus no matter the obstacles in your way (your family does not approve, you will be persecuted, it is against the law, etc.) The broad way is choosing not to believe, nor follow Jesus, but choosing what you think is right (your own way, your family tradition, or your religion).
Matthew 10:37; Proverbs 16:25
- Two Destinations: If you choose the strait gate and narrow way you will receive everlasting life. If you choose the wide gate and the broad way you will receive destruction.
- Two Crowds: Few people are willing to admit their sin, repent, and believe in Jesus as the only way of salvation. Most people want to think positive about themselves, follow their traditions, and only worry about their momentary life.
John 14:6; Luke 13:23–30
- Two Builders: Those who follow Jesus are like a wise man who builds his house upon a rock. When the rain, floods, and winds come, his house will not fall. Those who do not follow Jesus are like a foolish man who builds his house upon sand. When the rain, floods, and winds come, his house will fall.
A Disciple Discovers And Believes Jesus Is The Greatest Treasure
- If you understand what God is offering to you through the work of Jesus, then you should be willing to do whatever it takes to obtain it.
Matthew 13:44-46; Philippians 3:7–8
- Kingdom of God: God is offering to allow us to enter His Kingdom where there is no more crying, no more death, no more mourning, and no more pain. We will share in the eternal joy of a loving God.
- Forgiveness of Sins: God is offering to forgive all of our sins: past, present, and future. Every failure and wrong thing we have done will be forgiven.
- Declared Righteous: God is offering to impart the righteousness of Christ on our lives. That means that we will be as righteous as Jesus. He gives us all of Jesus’ goodness.
- Escape from Hell: God is offering to rescue us from Hell and the Lake of Fire. The end of every person is eternal punishment unless they are saved by the grace of God.
A Disciple Renounces His Life And Submits To Jesus As Lord
- Choosing to follow Jesus is not a momentary decision, but it is a lifelong decision. Repenting and believing in Jesus results in a new life, a change in action and purpose. You no longer live for self, but live for Jesus and live like Jesus.
Matthew 16:24-26; Mark 8:34–38; John 12:24–26
- A disciple is willing to publicly identify with Jesus. He is not ashamed of being a follower of Jesus. There will be people who oppose his decision to trust in Jesus, but he chooses Jesus over them.
Matthew 10:33; Mark 8:38; Romans 1:16
- A disciple is willing to love Jesus as the highest priority in his life. He is willing to love Him above everyone else, including his possessions, family, and self.
Matthew 10:34–37; Luke 14:26
- A disciple is willing to lose his life for Jesus’ sake. Affliction, trials, and persecutions are part of the new life and can be expected in a disciple of Jesus, just as evident as it was in the life of Jesus.
Matthew 10:24-25; 38–39; Luke 14:27; John 15:20-21
- Submitting to Jesus’ Lordship does not mean that you will not sin or fall, but that when you do, you are willing to repent and start doing right again for the glory of God. This also does not mean that you understand everything, but that you realize even though the Christian life is hard, it is worth it.
- What did Jesus tell the multitudes to do?
- What are the two gates and the two ways?
- Why is Jesus the greatest treasure?
- If a disciple does not live for himself, who does he live for?
- A disciple is willing to do what?