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Cost of Discipleship


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                                                                THE COST OF DISCIPLESHIP

 

With Jesus, righteousness no longer consists in observance of an external legal code.  Jesus defines it as an apprenticeship to Himself as Master Teacher through the Holy Spirit.  Righteousness is now defined by the Person of Jesus and not by the Law.  However, this Person who is righteousness requires our loyalty:  true discipleship requires total commitment without distraction or compromise.  Discipleship means the total renunciation of all selfish interest for the sake of Jesus.

Understand that legalistic religion is a ferocious enemy of the loving “life” quality of the kingdom of God .  Trust that Jesus will give you the wisdom and words to overcome such opposition. Matt. 10:17-20 

Know for certain that Jesus requires a loyalty to Himself greater than loyalty to any other human being.  Understand that discipleship means submitting you own interests in favor of God’s. Matt. 10:37-39; Luke 14: 25-33 
 

Recognize and anticipate that personal discipleship and commitment to Jesus can even result in division and rejection.  Matt. 10:34-36; Luke 12:51-53 Heartbreaking as these divisions are, a disciple must not let his natural affections cause any weakening of his attachment to Christ.  A time may come when he will be forced to make a choice.  Lk. 8:19-21; Mk. 3:31-35; To do the will of God is to enter into an everlasting relationship with Christ. (1 Jn. 2:17) 

Understand and accept that discipleship means forsaking all selfish personal ambition.  Know for certain that every true disciple must take up his cross.  Matt. 16:24-26; Mark 8:34-36; Luke 9:23-25 
 

Recognize that Jesus calls His disciples to go to people of all nations and teach them how to know Him and live for Him.  Teach others that Christ must be the center of all their life.  Matt. 28:18-20 
 

Remember that the demands of discipleship are costly.  Know that God will test all of your relationships to prove that following Jesus is your highest priority.  Matt. 8:18-22; Luke 9:57-62 
 

Luke 9:57-58 Emotional enthusiasm that has not considered the cost of abandoning material security is insufficient. 
 

59-60 Loyalty of Christ takes precedence over all lesser loyalties.  The spiritually dead are to bury their physically dead.  Followers of Christ have the urgent task of proclaiming the good news of life in Him.  This is a lesson against procrastination. 
 

61-62 Service for His enterprise demands undivided attention.  Halfhearted discipleship eliminates one form God’s maximum use. 

Discipleship is apprenticeship to the life of Jesus, focusing on Him as Mentor and Model.  Jesus chose to lay aside His divine form and adopt the lowly form of man.  Even as a Man he did not choose wealth, power, or worldly position, but came as a servant, and died the death of a criminal.  In everything He humbled Himself, trusting in the spirit to exalt and establish His name.  Discipleship may call the saint to choose to lay aside rights much valued in our culture, and to accept the life-role assigned by God.  This role may not appear to be a place of acknowledgment, but trust God to choose how to establish and promote you.

 

Seek to maintain unity with other believers in your thoughts, attitudes, love, spirit, and purpose.  Recognize that a separatist “right to one’s own opinion” is not biblical teaching.  Repent and surrender such arrogance for the sake of unity in the body of Christ, Philippians 2:2.

 

Adopt Christ’s attitude of unselfishness, servanthood, humility, and obedience, Phil. 2:5-11.

 

Commit yourself to obedience.  Allow God’s work of salvation to have its full work in you.  Recognize that your whole Christian life, from being willing to doing it is all God’s work, Phil. 2:12, 13.

 

Understand that being concerned for the interest of Jesus Christ means being concerned selflessly for the welfare of others, Phil. 2:20, 21.

Determine your own thought life.  Do not let others do it for you.  Cause your mind to dwell on those things that bring peace to you and glory to God.  Follow holy leadership as a pattern for life and faith, Philippians 4:8, 9.

 

The disciple is an apprentice to Jesus, learning to live as He did.  God disciplines His children, correcting and training them to live in His kingdom.  Correction, if received with the right attitude of heart, produces the fruit of righteousness.  The Father’s object is to bring His children to maturity.

 

Hebrews 5:12-14 – Recognize that it is only through a sustained daily effort to apply God’s Word to your life that you will become mature.

 

Hebrews 6:11, 12      Turn from laziness and patiently endure, sustaining diligence in your pursuit of Christlikeness.

 

Hebrews 12:1-3         Discard any attitude or practice that hinders your walk with Christ.  Model your life after Jesus.  Give careful thought and study to the life of Jesus for encouragement in your struggle with sin. 

 

Hebrews 12:4-10       Embrace God’s discipline.  Know that it is evidence that He is training your as His child.

 

Hebrews 12:11          Accept God’s correction as necessary for spiritual growth. 
 

Hebrews 13:7            Honor, consider, and imitate those God has put over you to lead you. 
 

Deut. 13:6-8               Not enticed 
 

Jn. 6:2, 26, 53-69        How to follow 
  
 

Mt. 19:27                    Reward for being a disciple (Lk. 18:28)

 


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