Are we right with the Lord? Are we walking in step with Him? Here are some sure-fire signs of a disciple of Christ.
1 Whoever loves [the] discipline [of the Lord] loves knowledge [finding out about our Savior and fellowshipping with Him], but whoever hates correction is stupid.
- We want to talk with Him. We have an ongoing conversation that constantly yields to His will and His way. He is the Master and we are apprentices. “Teach me, LORD, the way of Your decrees, that I may follow it to the end.” “Direct me in the path of Your commands, for there I find delight.” Psalm 119:33, 35.
- We have a craving for His Word. We hunger and thirst after righteousness [Matthew 5:6]. We see the importance of finding out what was so important that He made the effort to write it down and then keep it safe through the centuries. “Humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.” James 1:21.
- We have a passion for people: For the lost to know Him as we know Him, and for other Christians to know Him as we know Him. “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Luke 19:10.
- We desire to sit under godly teaching and to meet for haverim (interaction between believers about spiritual things). “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” Acts 2:42.”
- Our priorities are different than the world’s. Our desire to know Him and His Word, our passion for people, and our desire to meet together take precedence over the things after which the world seeks. “If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.” –Jesus, John 15:19.
I believe that our society has reached a point where it is not going to tolerate the god of Christianity as it is generally being presented to them. In other words, they see through the façade that is presented to them by religion: We serve Christ because it serves us, or because it is our culture, or out of fear (faith is treated like a talisman, a charm). Jesus said that the only reason to follow Him is because He called us to follow Him. We respond to His call and follow Him the rest of our lives. Many people prayed a prayer for the forgiveness of their sins with no intention of following Him the rest of their lives. They wanted fire insurance! These people are NOT true Christians. They have believed in a god that doesn’t exist, one that offers salvation of sin without commitment. Not only that, they use the name of Jesus as a weapon against the very people that Jesus came to save! Demanding our rights “in Jesus’ name” is tantamount to blasphemy. Do we forget that dead men (and women) don’t have rights? Do we ignore what Jesus said about being His disciple:
“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves
and take up their cross daily and follow me.” Luke 9:23
Folks, let’s set aside our arguments and focus on what is true. We are called to be lights in a dark world. We are to exemplify Jesus in every area of our lives. Are we studying, striving, and struggling to make our lives just like Jesus’ life? Paul says,
My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you, how I wish I could be with you now and change my tone, because I am perplexed about you! Galatians 4:19-20
I feel like he is talking straight to me! The struggle is real, people! I am perplexed about my own life and the areas in which I can’t seem to have victory. How about you? Let’s not give up the fight! Instead, let’s “press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of us.” Philippians 3:12.
Abba, the world seems to be getting darker when it doesn’t have to. Instead, help us to lift our eyes to You and to involve ourselves in Your plan to reach the world. We have Your promise to be with us and lead us, and eventually to take us home to be with You. Why are we so taken with this world? Increase my faith, O Lord, to include everything that goes on, whether it is considered good or bad, as being brought under Your authority (based on Psalm 110:1 and Ephesians 1:10). I am Yours, Lord. Light me up! Amen.