Summary: What it takes to be a disciple of Jesus Christ!
Being a disciple of Christ
Jesus called out to them, “ Come and be my disciples, and I will show you how to fish for men.”
After hearing how My god was beaten over and over. How could I not serve him. After hearing how my God was whipped with the cat o nine tails, how could I not be his disciple.
The cat o nine tails was a whip about seven feet long and was typically made with lead, bone, and glass on the end of it.
After I heard how the Son of God was whipped with that, how could I not serve him.
After I heard about how the Roman soldiers put a sharp crown of thorns on His head, piercing through the skin of his head , blood pouring down his face, how could I not serve Christ.
After I heard how the soldiers put Jesus on a splintery cross, drove nails deep in his hands, then drove nails deep in his feet, how could I not be a disciple of Christ.
Most people don’t know but in the middle of the cross, there was a piece of wood which pushed your back out to make you suffer a lot more.
After I heard how they brutally crucified my King, how could I not serve Him
It amazes me how people all over the world heard about the spotless, sinless, savior and what He’s has done for us, and not want to serve him and experience the most joyful gift that could ever be given, a gift that can only be given by God.
When Jesus said, Come and be my disciple, he was telling us, come and enjoy the best thing that will ever be given to you.
Come and enjoy something that you cannot Gain except by follow my footsteps and teachings. The blessings of Eternal life.
God is calling us to separate ourselves from this world and focus on Him, putting him first in all of our doings.
He is telling us that we must love ourselves less than we love Him.
God calls us to be like him.
Paul writes that we should be imitators of Christ. We have to die to ourselves everyday.
Well some of you may be thinking, well J.R., Jesus was perfect and I am nowhere near perfect. There is no way I can be an imitator of Christ.
And you know what, its true, Christ is perfect and we will never become perfect. But we can keep striving towards perfection. We can let the Holy spirit lead us in our everyday struggles.
Let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress. And let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us.
The cares and worries of this world is just dead weight that really amounts to nothing once we get to heaven. The only thing it does is holds our soul down instead of going upward, holds us back instead of pushing us forward.
It is so easy now to get distracted and take our focus off of Jesus.
We could be in the very middle of speaking to God and all of a sudden when we don’t even realize it, we get distracted.
During worship have you ever just heard the words but not worshiped? Instead of worshiping your just singing the words while you look around at all of the people here, watching them worship. And before you realized it worship was over and it was time for the offering.
The Bible says love God with all your heart, all your soul, mind, and strength.”
Sometimes it will be hard not to get distracted, but God is with us. He promises us that it will not be easy and sometimes we must fight the devil physically to win the battle against our souls.
Love is the leading affection of our soul. With love towards our God it will engage us to hate sin and love the Lord.
Love for the Lord will empower us to look at the Devil straight in the eye and tell him to go back to the Hell he came from and that we want no part in him.
Being a true disciple, or Christian, or Christ follower, is not just going to church
being a true Christian is saying:
I am a part of the fellowship of the unashamed. I have Holy Spirit power. The dye has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made. I am a disciple of His. I wont look back, let up, slow down, or back away.
Mt past is redeemed, my present makes sense, my future is secure. I’m finished and done with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed visions, cheap giving, and dwarfed goals.