Friday, March 27, 2009

His disciples

Since every disciple strives to be like his master, our calling as a disciple of Jesus Christ is to be like Him in character. What is Jesus like? This is why it is important to read all of the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke & John) and begin a serious study on the life of Christ. As you study the Master, you will also note that Jesus Himself identifies what He is looking for in a disciple. Remember it is one thing to say "I am a disciple of Christ" and it is another thing for the Lord to say: "Ye are my disciples indeed."

Character traits of a disciple:

1. Matt. 10:24 "The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord." - Humility.

2. Luke 14:26 “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.” – Self-sacrifice.

3. John 8:31 "Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed" - Perseverance.

4. John 13:35 "By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." - Brotherly love.

5. John 14:15 "If ye love me, keep my commandments." - Obedience.

6. John 15:8 "Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples." -Fruitfulness.

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