The need today more than ever before is for the world to see gloriously disfigured disciples of Jesus.
People can tell whether or not you are just in Christianity or a disciple of Jesus. You are marked. They can tell by how you speak, how you treat others and the kindness of your acts. They can tell by your self-promotion, how you defend yourself and your hidden agendas that always surface.
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” (Matthew 16 v 24)
Being a disciple is a choice.
You can enjoy the benefits of Christian ministry without making the choice of discipleship.
You can be known as a ‘nice Christian person’ you can be a member of a church and join the choir and never have made the choice of discipleship.
You can instruct others on being a disciple and be a great orator of the Bible and not have made the choice of discipleship.
Disciples are the ordinary who say, “It’s not about me!” (deny)
Disciples are the ordinary who say, “I will lay my life down for others.” (cross)
Disciples are the ordinary who say, “I don’t know it all”. (follow)
We need disciples not attenders or preachers.