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Most believers see themselves as disciples of Jesus. They contend that doing the right things as Bible reading, attending Bible study, or praying makes them disciples. However, true discipleship is so much more.
In Luke, 9:23, Jesus says, “Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.”. In this text, Jesus gives three requirements of being his disciple.
1. Self-denial refers to not living for self or ego. It is more than giving up certain things or behaviors. It is not an optional command or a suggestion that certain people follow. Self-denial is dying “daily” to the things that compete for the Lordship of Jesus in our lives. It is putting others before self or exercising restraint over life-controlling appetites.
2. Surrender to the Lordship of Jesus Christ means giving all for the cause of the gospel. It is the denunciation or relinquishing of anything that competes with Jesus, the Lord of our lives. It is an act of our humility that requires renunciation of everything that competes with the lordship of Christ in our lives.
3. Service to Jesus requires constant communion and alignment of our plans, heart, mind, and actions with His will. Our demands and service require complete obedience to the core teachings of Jesus. It is being intentional in our undertakings and accomplishing everything in accordance with the revealed will and timing of God. These are the requirements of Discipleship. May they help us to see ourselves from heaven’s perspective and help us realize we have been called with a mighty calling to do the will of God.
Christ Community Outreach Center
Pastor Willis Boyd
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