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Summary: There are four important things to know about basic training for disciples: A disciple never puts a stumbling block in others’ spiritual path; a disciple forgives quickly—and often; a disciple exercises faith; and a disciple demonstrates faithfulness.

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As a disciple of Jesus you must not only have faith, you must have faithfulness. Do you know the difference? Faith can be exercised in moments of need. But faithfulness is a continual process of being an obedient servant of the Lord. You really cannot call yourself a disciple if you are not faithfully serving the Master in some spiritual capacity.

As unworthy servants, you shouldn’t expect any accolades in this life. But if you are an obedient servant, one day, you will hear Jesus say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

CONCLUSION

There are four important things on Jesus’ list to know about basic training for disciples. A disciple never puts a stumbling block in the spiritual path of others. A disciple forgives quickly and often. A disciple exercises faith and demonstrates faithfulness. Do you claim to be a disciple of Jesus?

Alexander the Great was a brave and brilliant general. Once, one of his officers appeared before him to stand for charges brought against him for insubordination and behavior bordering on cowardice. Alexander the Great asked the officer, “What is your name?” The officer replied, “Sir, my name is the same as yours. My name is Alexander. The general stared at the officer and shouted, “Alexander? Then either change your name, or change your behavior!” As Christians, we cannot be called disciples of Jesus unless we are willing to follow his orders. We must change our name or change our behavior.


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