February 11, 2019
Correcting Our Ideas Through Discipleship
So here’s an example of a big idea from Jesus: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand" (Matt. 4:17).
The time is fulfilled. The kingdom of the heavens is right here. That is what Jesus preached. He preached the immediate availability of the kingdom of the heavens to anyone who would simply turn and walk into it. He preached discipleship as the greatest opportunity that any human being will ever have. He preached discipleship, because discipleship is how we get our ideas corrected.
Jesus says, “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” Do you know the rest of that verse? “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matt. 11:28–29). That’s a learning relationship.
Now, there’s a lot of confusion about discipleship in our time. There’s a lot of teaching to the effect that you can be a Christian without being a disciple. This is an issue you need to think about in your own life. You need to clarify in your mind: Are you a disciple of Jesus Christ? Are you a learner of Jesus Christ? That’s the gospel. These are ideas that are going to have a dramatic effect on that map in your mind.
(Q) How would you define discipleship to Jesus?
(Q) Has this form of discipleship led you into the easy and light yoke that is promised by Jesus, or do you feel like you are still carrying the load of making things happen?
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