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LESSONS FOR CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP
Jesus said, "Therefore GO and make disciples of all nations..." Matthew 28:19
A disciple is a follower or learner. In the case of Christianity, a Christian disciple is a follower and learner of Jesus Christ. Jesus no longer walks the earth to personally disciple individuals, as He did with the apostles. He has left His Word in the hands of faithful disciples who have the responsibility of discipling each other and the world.
The purpose of discipleship is to take individual new believers and help them to grow in a mature relationship with Jesus Christ! 2 Timothy 2:2 "The things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others."
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What is Commitment? When we become Christians, we get some things and God gets something. We get the forgiveness of sins, the gift of the Holy Spirit, at least one spiritual gift for ministry, fellowship in the body of Christ (the Church), new brothers and sisters in the family of God, eternal life in heaven, and the list goes on. But what does God get? A few gifts we can gather up? A little of our time? A prayer once in a while? Our presence in church once a week? NO, He gets you...all of you!
We love the first part of the arrangment, but not so much the second. See, true commitment is understanding the terms of the covenant relationship we have with God. You are committing all of yourself to all of Him. Commitment is loyalty, regardless of the cost. It is following whether you feel good about it or not- sheer, unadulterated, undiluted obedience- never less than 100%. It is never conditional- never negotiable, never adjustable, just required! It never says "why?" it only says "where and how soon?" Commitment never goes on strick- never asks for leaves- never rewrites the contract, does not seek short-cuts. Commitment never retires, never puts God on hold, and never quits.
Jesus is still looking for individuals who are willing to commit to Him. The takers are a dime a dozen, you can find them going forward in many churches, at crusades. But commitment is another thing. In a day of short-cuts, fast bucks, 50-60 hour work weeks, and fat wallets, real commitment to Christ has become scarce! But Jesus accepts nothing less- dont be fooled.
If you are ready for this kind of commitment to Jesus...write these words down: "I believe that I must grow in the knowledge of Jesus Christ, and I know I must help others come to Christ and help them grow on to maturity. I commit myself to discipleship and to You Lord Jesus!" Sign your name next to these words and date it. This will be your personal "Declaration of Commitment"!