Disciples are Made- Not Born

Jesus is Lord whether you want Him to be or not. Jesus Christ is the Creator of all things and “by the word of His power” He holds everything together.

Have you ever considered how little of your life you control? Did you decide when you would be born? Or who your parents would be? Or in what country you would be born? Did you decide the color of your skin? Your eyes? Your hair? The answer to all these questions is no. In every one of these areas and in many more, you have no say in the matter. Your vote counts for absolutely nothing!

Then at what point do you exercise control? The Bible suggests that you control a small but important part of your life, namely your will. Lordship has to do with your will. It involves surrendering it to Jesus Christ. It means that Jesus is Lord of all of you, not just part of you. In making this decision of the will, remember that He has control over most things that concern you, whether you like it or not.

What it means is  to acknowledge Him as Lord. The implications of recognizing Jesus Christ as Lord are readily seen in the prayer He taught His disciples. “After this manner therefore pray ye: “Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen'” (Matt. 6:9-11).

Lordship involves the recognition that there is no way we can live our life or fight our own battles. Jesus, and He alone, must keep us.

As we are on the move in this great adventure called life, we cannot see around the bend into tomorrow or over the hill into next week. Consequently, we are not sure about to much. Because Jesus Christ is Lord of all, seeing the end from the beginning, He does know.

His willingness to be our Lord reveals His desire to get involved in our lives so He can tell us when it is safe to move ahead in life.

God does not need our help; we need His. Discipleship was designed by God to give us the help we need. Discipleship is our opportunity to tap the infinite resources of God. It is our chance to give our lives to significance rather than mediocrity. In discipleship we are not doing God a favor. He is doing us a favor. It is vital that the disciple grasp this important concept.

However, Jesus also warns us to weigh the cost and weigh it well, for discipleship will cost us something. It will cost us our lives. But the results are infinitely greater than the cost, so much greater that one would be foolish to turn down such an offer.

Take a walk through Luke 14 and note some principles of discipleship as Jesus brings this great concept into focus.

Verse 1: “And it came to pass, as He went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the Sabbath Day, that they watched Him.”  Wherever Jesus went, the eyes of people were upon Him. He claimed to be different. He claimed to be the Author of a brand new way of life. He said, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly”…… And because of His claim to uniqueness, people watched His every move to see if He was genuine.

What was true for Jesus in this respect is true for all godly people. As His disciples, we claim to be in touch with reality; and consequently, the world watches us also.

In paying the price for being Christ’s disciple, you too must purposefully destroy all avenues of retreat. Resolve in your heart today that whatever the price for being His follower, you are willing to pay it.

Dr. Dan Cox is the Pastor of the United Pentecostal Church of Warsaw and the Editor of the Indiana Apostolic Trumpet

 

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