Discipleship 2

Why is Discipleship Important? (Vol. 1 – 2)

 

It is thrilling to share in the joy of someone coming to Jesus. It is wonderful to see God bring new life to someone. But what new Christians – and Christians who have been walking with Christ for years – need to realize is that BECOMING a Christian is just the FIRST step. Being a Christian isn’t something you do one time – and then only give half-hearted allegiance afterwards. Being a Christian is a journey  – It is a lifestyle – Discipleship is that lifestyle.

 

Discipleship is defined as a lifestyle of practical faith in Jesus Christ and willing obedience to His commands. It is a life of love and good works which aims in all things to glorify God, and help others to become disciples and witnesses.

 

Christian Discipleship is a lifelong journey of obedience to Christ that spiritually transforms a person’s values and behavior and results in ministry in one’s own home, church and the world. Dallas Willard, author, professor and outspoken follower of Christ, said, “We progressively learn to live our lives as He would if He were we”.

 

After someone becomes a Christian, becoming like Jesus in character and being obedient to Him should be the main objectives in life. The apostle Paul wrote, “But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Gal 5:22-23). John the apostle also wrote, “Whoever says, ‘I know Him, but does not do what He commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys His word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in Him: Whoever claims to live in Him must live as Jesus did.” (I John 2: 4-6). The Christian life ought to to be more distinctive than any other life.