Be Christ’s Disciple: Put Christ First

Fri, May 22, 2020

Articles At A Glance

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”  (Matthew 6:33 ESV)

A Christian disciple is much more than one who is saved, sins forgiven, and the glad recipient of eternal life. A disciple is one who has counted the cost. A disciple is a born again person who has made the difficult commitment to follow the Lord Jesus and be a student learner no matter the consequences.

Only about 2% of Christians are regularly mentoring others one on one, two on two, or in a small group as an outpouring function of their church.

Choosing to become one of the Lord’s disciples or intimate followers is perhaps the most painful thing a person can do. It certainly was for me! For many years, as a Christian, I wanted the benefits of being saved like having fellowship, knowing that God loves me and forgives me, and experiencing the fact that I’m going to Heaven for sure someday. Who wouldn’t want these?

The problem with me was I wanted the things of this world as well. I wanted people’s approval. I wanted the perks of this world. I wanted respect. I craved it. When these worldly pursuits left me hollow and empty inside, I would periodically try to fill that void with sin…impure and simple.

Yes, once I repented and stopped being a disciple of worldly pursuits, and became a broken, growing follower of Jesus. I stopped caring what others thought. I was filled with a new sense of joy and purpose. I was free!

But the broken, miserable years leading up to that decision (12 years into my Christian faith) were some of the most painful and gut-wrenching I’ve ever experienced. The process of dying to myself, my dreams, my wants, and my desires was, at first, sickening to me. Could becoming a Christ-disciple / follower actually be satisfying and a worthy pursuit? The big answer is YES!

Most of the time, you will need to experience the painful tearing off of old, pride-originating and pride-producing sinful pursuits: Self-Promotion, Self-Protection and Materialism. This is tougher than you think! Then you are free to embrace Jesus, and enter His School of Discipleship…His Way, not yours.¹

Let’s pray this for each other.

“And he said to all, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.’”  (Luke 9:23 ESV)

¹Some ideas taken from Design for Discipleship – Navigators (This applies to this and the next 6 devotionals)

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