Dear Brothers and
in the name of our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ.
The word disciple means 'a follower'. A person, who has accepted a
belief and spreading the doctrine of the accepted beliefs, known as a
disciple. A Christian disciple is a person who accepts and assists in
the spreading of gospel of Jesus Christ. Fullness of Holy Spirit is an
important matter in a Christian discipleship. Holy Spirit equips and
modifies a person for the process of discipleship.
disciple came from the Latin root 'discipulus' which means pupil or
leaner. "It emphasizes practice or exercise self-discipline and
self-control." When Jesus spoke on Peter's boat lot of people followed
him hearing the word. Many of them accepted him as their savior. Peter,
the fisher man and his partners who followed Jesus after a great
fishing, forsook their boat, net and family (Lk5:11). "Discipleship is a
price worth paying."
In a true discipleship, a disciple of a
Christ who receives a call to not only forsakes the pursuit of worldly
things but to carry the cross daily. Luke 14:26-27 "If anyone comes to
me and does no hate his own father and mother and wife and children and
brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my
disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot
be my disciple." Without cross there is no discipleship.
Consistency and obedience is also a sign of Christian discipleship. In
john21:6 Jesus said to the disciples by the sea of Tiberias, "cast the
net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some." They obeyed
Jesus words, they got a big quantity of fish and they were not able to
haul it. Only true disciple can obey the word of Jesus. Jesus was always
made consistent relationship to God. He always asking His father's will
and doing His father's will. In a Christian discipleship we have to
maintain constant relationship with our God Savior Jesus Christ.
"Inconsistency is not a good sign of Christian discipleship."
Proverbs 16:3 "Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be
established." If you are a true disciple you have to commit yourselves
in God's hand. The disciples accepted and believed in Jesus. When they
got Holy Spirit in the upper room, they committed their 'weaker life'
into God's hand; God used them as an instrument of His Kingdom. The
faithful God establishes the plan for a true believer. I hope that this
year will be a blessing in your life.
May God bless us all.
(Rev. Robin K. Paul)