Jesus exhorts us to give up everything to follow Him – to become His disciple. What does it mean to be a disciple? Why is it worth giving up even our own lives for this?
Jesus Himself has called us to be a disciple, His follower. This is the greatest calling that a human can have. It is a life that leads to more abundant and eternal life. It is a life of growth in the things of God and transformation into the image of Christ. It is a way that must be walked on. It is a lifelong covenant with our Lord and Master, to follow Him on the way of life, wherever it might lead. Through trials and testing, to eternal glory and fellowship with Him.
The life of a disciple is a life in constant development and growth, to become like the Master, who did not sin even once, despite being tempted in all things as we are. (Hebrews 4:15) “He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore, God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name.” Philippians 2:5-11.
By following Him and learning from Him, Jesus’ disciples will come to the same life that He has. The life of a disciple consists of trials and battles, but is full of joy, faith, hope and development. It is the most interesting life to live, and those who live a disciple life become truly happy. Just imagine that we can learn from Jesus, the Master, to do all that is good! We can become more and more free from our lusts and sinful nature, from all our limitations that have bound us and made life difficult before. We can be a true blessing to people now, and in eternity.
Of course such a life comes at a cost. Jesus said: “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel’s, who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time – houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions – and in the age to come, eternal life.” Mark 10:29-30.
If you have committed yourself to obeying all of God’s will, then He commits Himself to clothing you with power (Luke 24:49), to equipping you with everything that pertains to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3), to writing His laws in your heart and mind (Hebrews 8:10), to blessing you with every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1:3), and whatever you need to sustain your earthly body will be added to you (Matthew 6:31-34). What more could you wish for?
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