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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Journey of Discipleship

by Brad Houchin 

How would you describe your journey of discipleship?

Think for a moment about the incredible journey that it must have been to be one of the disciples of Jesus.  They walked with him and were eyewitnesses of the miracles He performed. In the Bible, we read about the cost of discipleship and the response that Jesus asks of those who want to follow him.  Imagine Jesus looking directly into your eyes, and hearing these words straight from his mouth in Luke 14:25-35.

“Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.  Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?  For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, saying, This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.  Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand?  If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace.  In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.  Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out.   Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”

I wonder how many in the crowd that day heard Jesus’ words and just turned and walked away?   How many counted the cost and decided it was too high of a price?

How do you think you would have responded to his words if you were a part of the crowd that day?

As Nelson stated in last week's Relevant Ministry blog article, “Being a disciple, is about the life-long process of following Christ and striving to become more like Him.”   Not just reading about how to become more like Christ, but taking action, responding and being more like Christ in all that we do.

Matthew 16:24-27, “Then Jesus said to his disciples, Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.  For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.  What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?  For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.”

Jesus does not ask for a little bit, or even a lot from us… he asks for ALL!

What is God asking of you in your journey of discipleship now and how will you respond?

Just as Jesus looked into their eyes and boldly asked them to follow Him - He is boldly asking you to do the same.

Will you say, ‘yes,’ to the journey of discipleship?

Discipleship is one of the evidences of what Relevant Ministry calls - the "7 Marks of Spiritual Health".  RM Coaching helps to assess all 7 Marks, providing an insightful check-up for personal spiritual health.  The RM team is writing about all 7 Marks, focusing on one topic a month with a new Blog article each week.  The topic this month is Ministry.  Please feel free to comment and join in on the conversation.

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