Day 1- Called To Be Disciples

Day 1- Called To Be Disciples

Bible Reading:  Matthew 28:16-20; Acts 11:19-26

I remember when my wife and I had our first child, and then one day while taking a little walk with our two-or-so month old daughter, some overzealous street uncle walking towards us does that thing of tapping the baby’s checks and says ‘fine boy, how are you?’

Typical Nigerian parents then would usually then go ‘she said she’s fine, thank you’.  

There were two reasons why he didn’t get any such response from us though: first, we didn’t consider ourselves to be typical Nigerian parents- we have always felt strongly that if you want to address us, you should face us squarely and do that rather than facing our kids to initiate conversations with us (that includes teachers in school giving children homework that is so bulky and difficult). The second reason though was that my wife found it very annoying that he would ignorantly call a girl ‘fine boy’- she felt that he could at least go by the fact that the baby had earrings on.

That notwithstanding, there are other things that our baby could be called that wouldn’t have been wrong. While some things would be outrightly wrong, some might just not be the most accurate or appropriate term.

Think about that- he could have come along saying ‘Little future woman’ or ‘first child of your parents’, or ‘person with the smallest hands in the Moody’s house’, or ‘human being’. If he did, he probably isn’t wrong but there could probably have been better ways to put it. 

You see, when it comes to this thing of being a follower of Jesus, there can be many words and expressions that describe that life: ‘Christian’, ‘follower of Jesus’, ‘born again’ (or a ‘burn against’, based on your attitude and passion towards stuff), ‘the person who has high moral standards’, ‘Church person’, and so on. 

But maybe one very underrated word is the word ‘disciple’. I think the word is largely underrated, especially in Christian circles. Disciples were not just the twelve guys who went everywhere with Jesus; Jesus sees everyone who has put their faith in him as a disciple.

A disciple means someone who is committed to following and learning from another, fully embracing the trainings and disciplines therein. 

Jesus actually commanded his disciples to go into all the world and make disciples.

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…  Matthew 28:19 NKJV

His command was not just to plant churches or to recruit church attendees. It was to make disciples. 

To be a Christian must mean that we are committed to following and learning from Jesus, and fully embracing the disciplines and trainings that the journey brings.

The truth is that the greatest joy and delight in following Jesus comes when we understand ourselves to be disciples and live with that strong consciousness. Whether or not you are called ‘disciple’, we must never forget that we are called to be disciples.  

Over the next five days, we want to put ourselves in the beautiful spotlight of one of the most profound and accurate words by which a christian can be described, and propel ourselves stronger on that journey of being disciples. 

Talk about learning from the best- is there any greater privilege we can have than to say we are ‘disciples of Jesus’?

9 Comments

  1. A.S

    Thank you sir. I’m looking forward to learning more about discipleship. I really want to be s better disciple of Jesus. So help me God.

  2. Olusola Aleru

    Wow! I am a disciple of Jesus and I fully embrace the jdisciplines and trainings the journey brings.

    So expectant for the next couple of days!

    Thank you sir.

  3. Tolulope

    “Talk about learning from the best- is there any greater privilege we can have than to say we are ‘disciples of Jesus’?”

    Well, this is profound and a great way to reflect on this question would be to infer on some parts of the bible reading for today, Acts 11: 21 & 24 & Matthew 28: 19-20.

    The Gospel was imparted to our lives by disciples who emulated Christ and decided to propagate their belief and faith in Christ Jesus to others like you and I.

    In turn, ‘any greater privilege we can have than to say we are disciples of Jesus’ is the grace to be gospellers of faith in Christ Jesus and also the grace to harvest disciples into the Christian community.

    This is an instruction to Christians yet it is a great privilege which many Christians don’t explore in the entirety of their faith-journeys.

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