So when I ask, “what is a disciple”, I must first admit that all of us, that every person is, a disciple of someone or something.
“The disciple who perfectly understands the rules and sees the example of his master, will think it his business to tread exactly in his steps, to do and suffer upon like occasions, as his master did: and so he will be like his master.” Whitby
Jesus wants me to become like Him, to see things as He sees them and to look like Him in character, attitudes and behaviours.
Training is absolutely necessary to become like Jesus. Discipleship is…
“The intentional training of disciples, with accountability, on the basis of loving relationships.” – Bill Hull
I am personally responsible for my growth even though there is a collective obligation among believers as well. It does take time, effort, energy and study. It does not happen by accident, or in a haphazard way. In fact, it is only accomplished when I set my mind, and plan my purpose, with intentionality.
Here are some signs I have seen in my own life that would indicate that my training is coming together. I am learning, I am following Jesus, I am serving others (hopefully I am doing this with humility), I love others, my single focused commitment is to Jesus, I see results and change, and I am walking with others.
I want to be Jesus’ disciple. I will allow Him to mentor me, mold me and make me what He wants me to be. As that is happening, I will pass it on to others.