Being a disciple is being a follower, a close follower. Jesus asks us to follow Him–closely!
14 As a door turns on its hinges, so does a sluggard on his bed. The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who can answer discreetly.
Jesus had more than 12 disciples. Luke 10:1 tells us that He sent out 70+ ahead of Him; in Matthew 8:22, He called a would-be disciple to follow Him; In Matthew 19:21, Jesus asked a young ruler to follow him. There is evidence that many women were disciples, too. Mark 15:41 speaks of them. In John 6:66, many would-be disciples turned away from Him because of His “extreme” requirements. In the end, Judas betrayed Him, and the other 11 ran away.
Jesus loved them all. Even when they didn’t follow, He loved them. He knew something that they didn’t, which was that He was going to die for their sin so that they would become holy vessels prepared and ready to receive the Holy Spirit of Christ! Then, at Pentecost, He filled them up. The best part is that as soon as we believe Him, He fills us up, too! The cross was our purification; it’s one of the things His sacrifice did. One of my favorite verses is 2 Corinthians 5:18,
18 Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation,
We have much for which to be grateful today. May we bless His name and enjoy sweet fellowship with the Father/Son/Spirit.
Abba, thank You for making me a clean vessel to hold Your Spirit. Having You in my life has given me new life, real life, eternal life! May I experience the Fellowship of the Trinity with every breath I take. Today, I sing Your praises and worship You, Almighty God; there is none like You. Amen.