COST OF DISCIPLESHIP
COST OF DISCIPLESHIP
It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.
Billy Graham once said, “Salvation is free, but discipleship costs everything we have”. Disciples must be committed to Jesus as Lord.
When General William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, was asked the secret of his amazing Christian life, he answered, ‘I told the Lord that He could have all that there is of William Booth”.
In order to become disciples of Jesus Christ we must: “Deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Him”. Following Jesus has to cost us something. When we’re genuinely disciples of Jesus Christ, He quite literally becomes our way of life.
Every action and every decision we make is made in the light of the popular acronym “WWJD” (What would Jesus Do)? Discipleship is a personal decision. We can’t be enlisted into discipleship by someone else nor will we be conscripted. It is a choice that we must make of our own volition.
So, who is a disciple? In plain terms, a disciple is an imitator, follower and apprentice. On the other hand, a disciple is not just a mere part of the crowd or a follower of trends, but a follower of Jesus.
How do you identify a
- By their fruits (i.e. what they produce) you will know them (Mathew 7:20)
- They are Christ like. In Philippians 2:5 Paul says, let this mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus.
- They practice self-denial (John 12: 24-25).
- The fruit of the Holy Spirit is evident in their life (Galatians 5: 2-23).
Pastor Felix Makanjuola.
The word disciple as used in the biblical ancient Far East has a different connotation or meaning to the way it is generally understood here in the West. A disciple is not a student who is ready to learn, but more of a follower who imitates both the life and the teaching of his/her master. Discipleship is a deliberate
The reality is that there was a veil that covered our eyes and caused spiritual blindness, ever since we came into this world – we were born with it. It’s not a physical veil, it can’t be diagnosed by the doctors and so can’t be medicated or removed surgically. Its spiritual in nature and it gave us the