I’m a Disciple
Do you have a desire to know the things of God? Jesus said that the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven belong to His disciples (Matthew 13:11). Salvation is free, but discipleship has a cost. You can live your entire life being saved and have citizenship in heaven but miss out on what is means to be a disciple.
Jesus had many followers, but only a few disciples; and only His disciples had close access to Him. For us, as Christians, discipleship is the process of devoting ourselves to Jesus (who is our teacher), to learn from Him, and ultimately, to become like Him. Therefore, it is more than just knowing what the Teacher knows, it is to be who He is.
This requires us to change. This is the challenge that comes with it – we cannot stay who we are. It also takes time, and it will disturb our comfort. This is why some people turn away from God, because He is demanding something that they are not willing to change or sacrifice. Instead, we must abide in God’s Word (John 8:31) and allow Him to form us according to His will. A disciple’s response should always be, “No matter the inconvenience, I am available.”
In Matthew, Jesus says, “Come, follow me and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19). When Jesus calls us, we must leave our former ways (die to self), live close to Him, and He will make us that which we weren’t before.