Friday, November 9, 2012

How can I be a better disciple of Christ?

William Barclay in his commentary on John recounts,

        It is told that once someone came on Michael Angelo chipping away with his chisel at a huge shapeless piece of rock. He asked the sculptor what he was doing. “I am releasing the angel that is imprisoned in this marble,” he answered. Jesus is the one who sees and who can release the hidden hero in everyman (75).

Jesus can do extraordinary things with ordinary people. Jesus called ordinary men to be His followers and then gave them magnificent abilities to accomplish extraordinary things. He gave them the Holy Spirit (John 16) which enabled them to know what to speak and even what to write down. What these Apostles wrote down we have preserved for us in the pages of our Bibles.

The inspired Apostle John wrote down an account of the teachings and life of Christ. This writing is commonly referred to as the “Gospel of John”. Several terms are emphasized in the Gospel of John, such as “believe”, “sign” and “life”. One term that is used often is the word “disciple” this word is used 78 times in this book and is defined as (follower or pupil).

Out of the 78 times “disciple” is used in the Book of John, only 3 times is a “disciple” described.

    1. Disciples of Christ Abide in His Word - “Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, ‘If you abide in My word, then you are truly a disciple of Mine” (John 8:31).

    2. Disciples Love One Another - “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:34).

    3. Disciples Bear Fruit - “My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples” (15:8)

For us as followers of Jesus to be considered a true disciple we must constantly strive to emulate these 3 characteristics. If we do live out these traits, God will be pleased and Christ will accomplish extraordinary things through us.

Cliff Sabroe - (Scripture Quotes from NASB95 AND ESV)