What Is a Disciple? (Luke 14:33)



What is a disciple?  Is it merely a person who is a believer in Jesus?  Or is it a person who is mastering principles and practices of life?  Many times in English, the word disciple can refer to a person who is disciplined.  Is that a disciple?

In this passage, a disciple is a person who is a pupil or learner.  He or she is a person who is learning about Jesus.  Learning information is one thing, but a disciple of Jesus is a person who is learning about Jesus.

We all have learned about somebody. Whether it be a spouse, a child you are raising or even a close friend.  The more we spend time with these individuals, the greater the opportunity we have at learning about them.  

As with everything in life, there can always be hinderances.  The hinderances to learning about Jesus occurs when we fail to yield our lives to him.  In this passage, he speaks about forsaking all.  Forsaking all means to say adieu to what you think you have control over in your life.  Remember in Matthew 11:29, when Jesus admonished us to take his yoke upon us and to learn of him?  It is at that time of yielding when we learn of Jesus.

When we fail to yield to him or we refuse to submit our lives to his care, we fail to learn of him and we fail to grow.  Do you want to grow in Christ?  If so, say goodbye to controlling your life and when you do, Jesus can begin to reveal things about himself to you.

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No Reputation (Philippians 2:7)

Jesus went from one end of the being spectrum to the other: from being God to becoming a slave. He was not forced to make this decision because he had done wrong by positioning himself as God like Lucifer had attempted to do, but willfully chose to do this because of our need of redemption and his loving desire to meet that need.

But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: (Philippians 2:7)

Jesus set the example and the Father wants us to follow. He wants us to lose our life for his sake. He lost it for ours and now he wants us to lose ours for him. His loss was greater than ours. His loss brought him to a low state of living. Not a low state of living in sin, but of hunger, thirst, weariness and eventual death. When we lose our lives, we only lose the desires we have for them. What God is asking us to do is trifle in comparison to what he has done for us.

What are you willing to lose for God? Can we really say lose? For God says that whoever loses his life for God’s sake will find it. But again, are you willing to step away from your life so that God can gain what he needs from your life?

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