Daily Devotional – 1/9/14 “Are you a disciple?”

On Facebook the other day, one of my friends posted a status that said “All Christians are not disciples but ALL disciples are Christians!” Now, of course this piqued my curiosity because reading this it seemed to be one in the same so I had to dig deeper to get a better understanding. By definition, a disciple is somebody who believes in and follows the teachings of a leader, a philosophy, or a religion and a Christian is defined as somebody whose religion is Christianity and someone who shows qualities such as kindness, helpfulness, and concern for others. Again, this seems to go hand in hand so I turned to my bible and John 13:34-35 says, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” Ok, so in Lakisha’s logical thinking it breaks down like this … If you love me regardless of my wrongs, my past mistakes, the mistakes I still make, the times I sometimes say something unchristian like or go somewhere I shouldn’t be going; then you are a Christian and a disciple. Oh, but if you judge me because my skirt is a little short, laugh at me when I fall even though you said you’d pick me up, hate me in your heart even though your lips say you love me, hurt me when you said you’d help me and even kick me while I’m down; then you are a Christian only.

See, God’s disciples are those who, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15,).” For Jesus said to the people in John 8:31, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings.” Meaning you’re not riding the fence being indecisive on which side you want to be on, acting like a faithful worker on Sunday then a “flodger” on Monday and riding with God on Tuesday yet you let the devil drive on Wednesday. No, Jesus says if you remain faithful to His teachings because His teachings said love thy enemy even though they spitefully use you because in turn they are used to become your footstool. His teachings says don’t seek revenge because it is mine yet you try to hurt folk worse than they hurt you. His teachings say a man unwilling to work shall not eat yet you’d rather steal from someone who is. Yea, you do all these things and still stand before the altar on Sunday morning; this simply means you are a Christian. Yes being a Christian is great but when will you be willing to become a disciple; a willing worker for God, one who He can put His trust in to see about His people, one who isn’t lazy but a laborer, one who isn’t fearful but faithful, one who isn’t perfect yet passionate and one who isn’t wandering but willing? You are a Christian but Jesus said in Matthew 16:24, “If any of you wants to be my follower (disciple), you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me.” You can’t follow Jesus and the world because they aren’t going the same way. Yes, everyone who believes in Christianity is a Christian but not everyone can proudly proclaim to be a disciple. Can you?

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