TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 2016
Key Bible Verse: Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” (Matthew 4:19)
Dig Deeper: Matthew 4:18-22
What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus Christ? The answer is fairly simple, but it changes your life completely.
The word disciple refers to a student or apprentice. Disciples in Jesus’ day would follow their rabbi (which means teacher) wherever he went, learning from the rabbi’s teaching and being trained to do as the rabbi did.
Basically, a disciple is a follower, but only if we take the term follower literally. Becoming a disciple of Jesus is as simple as obeying his call to follow.
When Jesus called his first disciples, they may not have understood where Jesus would take them or the impact it would have on their lives, but they knew what it meant to follow. They took Jesus’ call literally and began going everywhere he went and doing everything he did.
It’s impossible to be a disciple or a follower of someone and not end up like that person. That’s the whole point of being a disciple of Jesus: we imitate him, carry on his ministry, and become like him in the process.
Yet somehow many have come to believe that a person can be a “Christian” without being like Christ.
– Francis Chan in Multiply
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