The Importance of Discipleship
Sunday, April 18, 2010 am
Reading: Acts 4:1-13
When I was a child, the question I would ask most frequently was, “Why?” And I would venture to say that that is true of all of us. It didn’t really matter what the subject was, the question was always the same, “Why?”
“Why is the sky blue?” “Why do I have to take a nap now?” “Why do I have to eat my vegetables?” “Why? Why? Why?”
And the answer was always the same, “Because.” I don’t really remember if there was anything after the “because”; I think the answer was most often, “Because,” and nothing else. As a child, nothing more was required because if the actual explanation was given, I couldn’t understand it. Why? Because.
But as we grow up, “because” just doesn’t cut it anymore. We want to know why. We want to be able to understand. We want reasons, not just, “Because.” We want real explanations.
Jesus called his followers to be his disciples. Why? I’m sure Jesus had his reasons. But the question before us this morning is, “Why should I become a disciple of Jesus? Why is discipleship so important?”
I. Discipleship is important because it gives us purpose.
A. The instruction from God to fathers is Ephesians 6:4 ESV Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
1. We’re not talking about discipline for the sake of discipline.
2. We’re talking about “the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”
3. And Paul tells us that if we fail to bring our children up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord it will lead to a life of anger and frustration.
4. And if we, even as adults, are frustrated in life, perhaps we should pause and see if this is the cause of our frustration.
B. Life can be very frustrating.
1. One of the reasons that the suicide rate is so high is that people are frustrated with life.
2. Sometimes it seems that no matter what you do, you’re doomed to failure.
3. But the problem is not that we fail and have setbacks.
a. The problem is that we don’t learn anything from our failures.
b. The problem is that we keep making the same mistakes over and over again.
C. As the people of Israel were about to enter the Promised Land, God gave them instruction.
1. If they obeyed the voice of God they would be blessed (Deuteronomy 28:1-14).
2. But if they did not keep his commands they would be frustrated (Deuteronomy 28:15-68).
3. Look at Deuteronomy 28:20 ESV The LORD will send on you curses, confusion, and frustration in all that you undertake to do, until you are destroyed and perish quickly on account of the evil of your deeds, because you have forsaken me.
D. One of the things that we must understand is that this is God’s world.
1. And when we live in this world with an understanding and respect for God, then he blesses us.