Summary: Jesus teaches the importance of knowing not only who you are following but knowing who is following you.
Who Are You Following?
• The meaning of discipleship – a person who follows the teaching or instruction of another.
3 Rules of Discipleship
1. Don’t Follow a Blind Man (39)
• That seems so obvious something we would never do, but Jesus is talking about something of even greater importance; spiritual blindness and those who cannot see spiritual truth.
• Whether we admit it or even realize it or not we all get our spiritual directions from somewhere; it could be family (parents, grandparents), friends, Oprah, or even ourselves.
Proverbs 12:15 (NKJV)
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But he who heeds counsel is wise.
• Not only are we getting our spiritual direction from somewhere, but we are also leading others whether we realize it or not; especially our kids and grandkids.
• The one we are to be following is the same one we are to be emulating in our leadership style Jesus Christ.
• Remember what the rabbi said in the video, it wasn’t just a set of belief systems, but a lifestyle.
• This is something we should always be reminded of…
1 Timothy 4:6-9 (NASB)
6 In pointing out these things to the brethren, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, constantly nourished on the words of the faith and of the sound doctrine which you have been following. 7 But have nothing to do with worldly fables fit only for old women. On the other hand, discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness; 8 for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. 9 It is a trustworthy statement deserving full acceptance.
• We find the consequences for not disciplining ourselves unto godliness is that both the leader and the follower fall into a pit.
• Another translation says, “The first one will fall into a ditch and pull the other down also.”
• We can put ourselves in danger of not only falling into a pit, but also leading others into a pit, if we do not embrace the true meaning of discipleship its more than just knowledge, again it’s a lifestyle.
• All believers have a personal responsibility to not only know the truth of Scripture, but to also live it.
1 Thessalonians 5:21-22 (NASB)
21 But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; 22 abstain from every form of evil.
• This may seem like a daunting task however we are not alone in this venture, God has given us the Holy Spirit to teach us spiritual truths that we need to then take and make application to our daily lives.
James 2:15-17 (NIV)
15 Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
• Again it is important for us to know who we are following and who is following us. Is our lifestyle a reflection of Christ and His character?
2. Never Become Un-teachable (40a)