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Ron Writes

Being a Disciple

Our commission from Jesus is to go into all the world and make disciples. Disciples are learners or followers. To be a disciple is to follow and emulate Jesus in our lives. If Jesus were a member here at OC, how would his life look?

It’s easy to declare as Mark Twain, “the problem with Christianity is Christians.” It’s easy to point out the faults of elders, deacons, preachers and leaders of the church. It’s easy to show how others fall short. It’s easy to have the arrogant immaturity that declares that “I don’t get anything out of it.” It’s much harder to take a look in the mirror and ask, “Am I like Jesus?”

There can be a big difference in merely attending and being a disciple. A disciple is humble enough to see their constant need for Bible study and self-examination. A disciple realizes that they are often participating more to meet the needs of others than meet their own.

It’s amazing to me when you see Christians who feel that they’ve matured beyond attending Bible classes and sometimes even the assembly of worship itself. Jesus went to the synagogue every Sabbath “as was His custom” (Lk. 4:16). What did He get out of it? We speak of how the world began; the cosmological argument for life. If Jesus were in our audience listening, how to you think the Creator of the Universe would benefit from our shallow reasoning? What possibly could be said in any assembly that would instruct our Lord? Yet he was there. Week after week he came. He was there to worship and acknowledge God and encourage others.

Jesus made an impact on others. No matter who you are, you’re making an impact on someone’s life. Are you trying to make an impact in the name of Jesus? Is your focus on God and others, or merely on your own convenience?

A couple once came to me to find out how they could better influence their neighbors. Be a good example, continue to focus on Jesus, be involved, keep inviting them to church. How exciting when their friends did finally accept the invitation to come. The only trouble, the members weren’t there, as was their custom. Sad to say, we never saw the neighbors in church again. How different it might have been if the members attended because they were disciples rather than because it was convenient. Be like Jesus and acknowledge God and participate to encourage others