Does it mean …disciple-in-ship? Somewhat, but not exactly.
Discipleship– refers to those who make following Jesus Christ completely as a first priority in life . They are not shaking and faking. As the old folks use to say, (figuratively) “they ride in the Old Ship of Zion.”
It, simply, means “followers.”
They are in a real relationship or friendship with Jesus. Relationship – meaning, they talk to Him in prayer and praise throughout the day (like they would a close friend who happens to be a powerful King) and He, in turn, talks to them, on a regular basis. This is the first step in becoming a “follower of Jesus Christ.” Then, and only then …
The work of Christ is placed first in their lives. They are able to “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness…”(Matt. 6:33), before they seek their own interests.
TIME-OUT: What have we learned so far?
- Jesus is given “first place” in life.
- Throughout the day two-way communication is made with God.
- And, the work of the Kingdom of God is given highest priority on the daily schedules.
How can we put this into practice?
- By developing a special friendship with Christ that consists of: “Thank-you”, “I love you Lord” (prayer and praise) spoken silently or out loud (depending on where you are) throughout the day to the Lord
- By, also, reading a Bible verse or two and listening for what can be applied to what is currently happening to us in life.
- And by asking the Holy Spirit, on a daily basis… “Lead me; guide me in your work today.”
What does the Bible say concerning this subject?
Before Jesus ascended into Heaven before the astounded eyes of His followers, He told them to “…go and make disciples of all nations…”(Matthew 28:19[NIV]).
We find out in the book of Acts, chapter 6 and verse 7 that “…the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly…”(NIV.
The original followers of Christ obeyed and thousands upon thousands were preached the Gospel and led to Christ.
NOTE: The term “Gospel”- refers to the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus took away the sins, before God, of the world to all those who believe in Him. In short, it is the “Good News!”
How did they accomplish this? By the power of God working through them-
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you. And you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:7[NIV])
Real followers of Christ can only remain faithful to Him and to His word by the power of the Holy Spirit. Remember, it was only after the early followers of Christ received power that they were able to be strongwitnesses of Christ.
What Can Believers Take From This?
Develop or cultivate a daily relationship with God. Put Him first on your daily schedule. When you take the time to do so, God takes notice. He sees that you are ready to be led and guided by the Holy Spirit.
Before you know it, you are…
- praying with greater power
- witnessing for Christ, with greater power
- teaching others about Christ, with greater power
- and living for Christ with a greater anointing.
Therefore, the strongest element of being a true follower of Christ Jesus, starts with the way one relates to Christ on a daily basis.
It is a good relationship!