Who is a Disciple?
A disciple is one who follows his master closely.
The Gk. word used in the New Testament for the
word ‘disciple’ is mathetes which
means a ‘learner’, ‘a pupil.’
The word matheo in Gk. means ‘to learn’,
‘to understand.’ The fact we are Christians
does not necessarily mean we are His disciples,
even though we are members of His kingdom. Following
Christ means, acknowledging Him as Lord, it means
serving (obeying) Him as a slave.
JESUS IS LORD
"And why do you call Me, 'Lord, Lord' and
do not do what I say?"
We have an interesting problem in Spanish with
the word Lord. Lord is Senor, the same word is
used for ‘Mr.’ We say Senor Smith,
Senor Williams and Senor Jesus. It's as if in
English you were to say, Mr. Smith, Mr. Williaims
and Mr. Jesus. The result is that in Spanish and
so also in a few other languages, we have lost
the "Lord" concept. To call Jesus the
Lord, Senor, doesn't really say anything very
The word Lord doesn't mean the same thing today
as what it meant when Jesus was here 2000 years
ago. Back then it meant one with the maximum authority,
the first one, the one above everything else,
the sovereign one. The Gk. word kurios "lord"
in small letters was, how slaves addressed their
masters, but if the word was in capitals, it referred
to only one person in the whole Roman Empire.
Caesar of Rome, was the Lord. As a matter of fact,
when public employees and soldiers met in the
street, they had to greet each other saying, "Caesar
is Lord" and the standard response was, "Yes,
the Lord is Caesar." So the Christians had
a problem. When they were greeted with "Caesar
is Lord”, they answered, "No, Jesus
Christ is Lord." That got them into trouble
and they were persecuted.
THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM
The Gospel which we have in the Bible is the
Gospel of the Kingdom of God. It presents Jesus
as King, as Lord, as the Highest Authority. Jesus
is at the very centre. The Gospel of the Kingdom
is a Christ-centered Gospel.
Paul says in Rm 10:9,
"If you confess with your mouth Jesus is
Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised
Him from the dead you shall be saved." He
is the Lord. He is much more than a Saviour.
Jesus commanded us not to kill.
Jesus commanded us to love our neighbour.
Jesus commanded us to sell our possessions and
give it to the poor.
Who has the right to decide which commandments
are compulsory and which are optional? A disciple
is one who keeps all the commandments. Jesus commanded,
"Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His
righteousness and all these things shall be yours
as well." But today, if some Non-Christian
would see how Christians live, he would think
that Jesus had said something like this: "Seek
ye first what you are going to eat, what you are
going to wear, which house you are going to buy,
who you are going to marry and then, if any time
is left, and if it's not too uncomfortable, please
do something for the Kingdom of God."
If I were to ask you," Why do you work?"
"Well, I work because I have to eat. If I
don't work I don't eat.” "Well, why
do you eat?" "So I will have strength
to work." "And why do you work again?"
"Well, I work again to eat again to work
to be able to eat.” That’s not life.
There is no purpose to it. My purpose is to extend
the Kingdom of Jesus. So, inch by inch, I must
recover the things that belong to God. To do that
I have to eat, to eat, I have to work. But the
purpose of it all is, to extend the Kingdom of
my Lord. That means my values have to change.
I don't work in a particular Company to earn my
livelihood. I work there because God needs that
spot on this earth. He needs one of His soldiers
to conquer it for Him. And my boss happens to
support my conquest, but my real Lord is Jesus
Christ. Or else I should stop using the word ‘Lord.’
Because Jesus asks, "Why do you call Me,
'Lord, Lord' and do not do what I say?"
SERVANTS OF THE KINGDOM
"Will any one of you, who has a servant
ploughing or keeping sheep, say to him when he
has come in from the field, 'Come at once and
sit down at table'? Will he not rather say to
him, 'Prepare supper for me, and gird yourself
and serve me, till I eat and drink, and afterward
you shall eat and drink.' Does he thank the servant
because he did what was commanded?" Lk
Let us see what a servant is. Jesus was talking
to people who knew the real meaning of the word
slave. We don't have such persons today. The closest
comparison is the servant or maid who works for
wages, has a firm contract in advance, and enjoys
certain privileges. But a servant in the first
century was a genuine slave. A slave (Gk doulos)
is one who had lost everything in this world,
his liberty, freedom, his will, even his name
was gone. He had been sold in the market as an
animal. A price tag had been hung around his neck
and people had bargained for him. Someone had
eventually bought him, taken him home and bored
a hole in his ear, so he could wear a ring with
his master's name on it. He had thereby lost his
name. He was no longer John or Peter but the slave
of Mr. Paul or Mr. Dom. He was paid nothing for
his work. No freedom. No choice. Nothing.
We may not like to hear it, but it is true, we
are the slaves of Jesus Christ. We are bought
by the Lord. Paul understood this entirely when
he wrote, "None of us lives to himself, and
none of us dies to himself. If we live, we live
to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord,
so then, whether we live or whether we die, we
are the Lord's. For to this end Christ died and
lived again, that He might be Lord both of the
dead and of the living." Rm14:7-9
In Lk 1:38 Mary calls
herself the handmaid of the Lord. The Gk. word
used is doule which
means female slave.
In Titus 1:1, James 1:1,
II Pet 1:1, the apostles call themselves
‘servant of God.’ the Gk. word used
is doulos which means slave.
We were lost, before we were found by our owner.
We were heading for eternal damnation, Jesus intervened.
But listen to another truth. We are still lost
but in the hands of Jesus. Many people think salvation
means to be made free. Made free from what? Well,
"Having been set free from sin, have become
slaves of righteousness." Rm 6:18.
There are two kingdoms, in the new kingdom you
cannot do whatever you like. He is King, He rules.
We live according to His wants, we do whatever
God says. He is the Lord of the Kingdom.
Jn 15:2-5 Every branch
of mine that bears no fruit,
He takes away, and every branch that does bear
fruit He prunes, that it may bear more
fruit. You are already made clean by the
word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me,
and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit
by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither
can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine,
you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and
I in him, he it is that bears much
fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.
Jesus talks of 4 stages of fruit bearing.
No fruit - verse 2
Bearing fruit - verse 2
More fruit - verse 2
Much fruit - verse 5
Scriptural definition of discipleship:
Disciples are called to be in the fourth stage
of fruit bearing. A disciple is one who bears
much fruit and glorifies the Father, Jn 15:8.
20 MARKS OF A DISCIPLE
1. WILLING TO SERVE
Jn 13:3-5 Jesus, knowing
that the Father had given all things into His
hands, and that He had come from God and was going
to God, rose from supper, laid aside His garments,
and girded Himself with a towel. Then He poured
water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples'
feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which
He was girded.
Jesus knew He came from God and He was going
to God, He knew He was God yet, He became humble
and washed the feet of His disciples. This was
a job of a slave, yet, He took this work upon
Himself, did menial jobs and teaches us to do
the same for one another. Jesus took the attitude
of a slave. Love is the motive behind humble service.
Lk 22:24-27 A dispute
also arose among them, which of them was to be
regarded as the greatest. And He said to them,
"The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship
over them; and those in authority over them are
called benefactors. But not so with you; rather
let the greatest among you become as the youngest,
and the leader as one who serves. For which is
the greater, one who sits at table, or one who
serves? Is it not the one who sits at table? But
I am among you as one who serves.”
The question: Who is the greatest? The world's
standard of greatness is to be served, to receive.
God's standard of greatness is to serve, to give
and in so doing, to humble oneself. Failure to
follow God's standard, disqualifies us as a disciple.
Mk 10:43-45 But it
shall not be so among you; but whoever would be
great among you must be your servant, and whoever
would be first among you must be slave of all.
For the Son of man also came not to be served
but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom
2. LEARNING TO LISTEN
Mt 3:16-17 And when
Jesus was baptized, He went up immediately from
the water, and behold, the heavens were opened
and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a
dove, and alighting on Him; and lo, a voice from
heaven, saying, "This is my beloved Son,
with whom I am well pleased."
Mk 1:10 And when He
came up out of the water, immediately he saw the
heavens opened and the Spirit descending upon
Him like a dove.
Jesus was presented to the crowd.
In Mt17:5, Mk 9:7 and
Lk 9:35 At the transfiguration
of Jesus at the mountain, where Elijah and Moses
appeared to Peter, James and John, a cloud overshadowed
the disciples and a voice came out of the cloud,
"This is my beloved Son, listen to Him".
The disciples were given a command from the Father
to listen to Jesus and follow Him. As a disciple,
you and I are called to listen to Jesus and follow
3. WILLING TO LEARN
We must be willing to learn from God (knowing
God's will). Jesus came on the earth to do the
Father's will, to go to the cross and in so doing,
restore all things to man, which man had lost.
Lk 4:5-8 And the devil
took Him up, and showed Him all the kingdoms of
the world in a moment of time, and said to Him,
"To you I will give all this authority and
their glory; for it has been delivered to me,
and I give it to whom I will. If you, then, will
worship me, it shall all be yours." And Jesus
answered him, "It is written, 'You shall
worship the Lord your God, and Him only shall
you serve.' "
Mt 4:8-10 Again, the
devil took Him to a very high mountain, and showed
Him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory
of them; and he said to Him, "All these I
will give you, if you will fall down and worship
me." Then Jesus said to him, "Begone,
Satan! For it is written, 'you shall worship the
Lord your God and Him only shall you serve.' "
Satan was offering Jesus a shortcut, to fall
down and worship him and he would give all the
kingdoms to Jesus. This was a temptation, Jesus
did not give in to the enemy, instead, He defeated
the enemy using God's word.
Mt 16:21-23 From that
time Jesus began to show His disciples that He
must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from
the elders and chief priests and scribes, and
be killed, and on the third day be raised. And
Peter took Him and began to rebuke Him, saying,
"God forbid, Lord! This shall never happen
to You." But He turned and said to Peter,
"Get behind Me, Satan! You are a hindrance
to Me; for you are not on the side of God, but
Jesus told His disciples of going to Jerusalem
to suffer and die on the cross and rise on the
third day, Peter resisted and Jesus at once recognised
the enemy and so rebuked the enemy. Jesus discerned
the enemy. We need to recognise the enemy and
pray for the gift of discernment. Satan seeks
to take us away from the way of God, make us turn
back from the hard way of God and seeks to make
human desires take the place of Divine commands.
We must learn God's will and do it.
Mt 18:15 If your brother
sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between
you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have
gained your brother.
A disciple must be willing to learn to accept
correction in love and grow. Corrections must
be given with great love. If correction is not
given in love, we can lose a disciple. A disciple
who does not accept correction can go the wrong
way and so lose the path of Christ.
I Thess 5:12-13 "But
we beseech you brethren to respect those who labour
among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish
you, and to esteem them very highly in love because
of their works."
The Gk. word for ‘over’ is proistemi
meaning ‘to be at the head’ (leader).
The Gk. word for ‘very highly’ is
I Cor 12:27-28 In
the Church, God has put above us apostles, prophets,
teachers, workers of miracles, healers, helpers,
administrators, speakers in various kinds of tongues.
Eph 4:11-13 God has
placed in the Church, apostles, prophets, evangelists,
pastors and teachers whose work is to equip the
saints for building up the Body of Christ.
We must respect our leaders. We should not gossip
or slander against them, but pray for them, that
they be strengthened and filled with love.
Heb13:17 Says the
leaders keep a watch over our souls, as men who
will have to give account. Let them do this joyfully
and not sadly. We must obey our leaders and submit
to them. Obedience is not to satisfy the leader
or increase their prestige, but that the leader
may feel that no soul is lost. The real joy of
a leader is when no souls are lost and real sorrow
of a leader is when souls go away from faith.
Heb13:7 Consider the
testimony of the leader, consider his way of life
and imitate his faith.
6. WILLING TO SHARE FAITH WITH OTHERS
I Jn1:1-3 We should
share with others what we have seen, heard and
experienced of Jesus. We must first experience
and then share. Evangelism is a mark of a disciple.
Remember the following points when you evangelise.
1. God loves you.
2. Jesus died on the cross.
3. Man is sinful.
4. Repent and believe.
We should be prepared with teachings on the above
topics to give to anyone, whom we meet.
7. LEARNING HUMILITY
Phil 2:6-8 Jesus the
second person of the Trinity to whom all authority
was bestowed, the world was created through Him
and for Him (Jn 1:1 ff),
Jesus humbles Himself and goes seven steps down.
1. Jesus put aside His divinity, power, authority,
position and status, He did not count equality
2. He emptied Himself.
3. Took the form of a servant.
4. Born in the likeness of men.
5. In the human form He humbled Himself.
6. Became obedient unto death.
7. The death on a cross, the worst type of death.
Gal 3:13 "Cursed
be everyone who hangs on the tree.” Jesus
became a curse for man.
Phil 2:9-11 Because
Jesus went seven steps down, God raised Him seven
1. God exalted Him highly.
2. God gave Him a name above every name.
3. At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow.
4. All creatures in heaven shall bow at the name
5. All creatures on earth shall bow at the name
6. All creatures under the earth shall bow at
the name of Jesus.
7. Every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord
to the glory of the Father.
Phil 2:3-4 Count others
better than yourself, be humble.
Mt 23:12 Whoever exalts
himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself
will be exalted.
Deut 34:10-12 says
that there was none like Moses in working miracles.
He had great power.
Nums 12:3 says that
Moses was the humblest man on the earth.
Power can be lost through pride.
Lk 10:18 And He said
to them, "I saw Satan fall like lightning
8. EXAMINES HIS OWN LIFE
Mt 7:1-5 "Judge
not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment
you pronounce, you will be judged, and the measure
you give will be the measure you get. Why do you
see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but
do not notice the log that is in your own eye?
Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me take
the speck out of your eye,' when there is the
log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take
the log out of your own eye, and then you will
see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's
Do not keep judging others or examining other's
lives. Examine your own life.
James 1:22-24 But
be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving
yourselves. For if any one is a hearer of the
word and not a doer, he is like a man who observes
his natural face in a mirror; for he observes
himself and goes away and at once forgets what
he was like.
The word of God is a mirror. It shows us our
defects and our faults.
Rm 2:6 For He will
render to every man according to his works.
Rm 8:13 For if you
live according to the flesh you will die, but
if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of
the body you will live.
Gal 6:7-8 Do not be
deceived; God is not mocked, for whatever a man
sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows
to his own flesh, will from the flesh reap corruption;
but he who sows to the Spirit, will from the Spirit
reap eternal life.
What you sow, you will reap.
9. KNOWS HIS OWN WEAKNESS
II Cor 12:7-10 And
to keep me from being too elated by the abundance
of revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh,
a messenger of Satan, to harass me, to keep me
from being too elated. Three times I besought
the Lord about this, that it should leave me;
but He said to me, "My grace is sufficient
for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."
I will all the more gladly boast of my weaknesses,
that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For
the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses,
insults, hardships, persecutions and calamities;
for when I am weak, then I am strong.
The word ‘harass’ in Gk. kolaphizo
which means ‘to give a box in the ear.’
The messenger of Satan will keep boxing your ear
through persecution, insult, criticism, slander.
Receive the blows with joy for they are to strengthen
us, for when I am weak then I am strong.
II Cor 11:23 Are they
servants of Christ? I am a better one. I am talking
like a madman with far greater labours, far more
imprisonments, with countless beatings, and often
Paul talks of his sufferings. Every Christian
will go through suffering.
James 1:2 Count it
all joy, my brethren, when you meet various trials,
In our suffering (weakness), count it joy and
ask for God's wisdom. A disciple is one who suffers
10. NOT A PERFECTIONIST
I Jn 1:8-10 If we
say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and
the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins,
he is faithful and just, and will forgive our
sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
If we say we have not sinned, we make Him a liar,
and His Word is not in us.
We must not give an excuse for our sins, blame
others or situations. There is always room for
correction. Acknowledge your weakness, admit your
sin and walk with the Lord.
Mt 6:12 If you do
not forgive your enemies your heavenly Father
will not forgive you of your sins.
Mk 11:25 If you have
anything against your brother, forgive.
Mt 5:23-24 So if you
are offering your gift at the altar, and there
remember that your brother has something against
you, leave your gift there before the altar and
go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then
come and offer your gift.
Mt 5:44 But I say
to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who
We have to give and receive forgiveness. Jesus
says not only to forgive but to love and pray
for your enemies.
How many times to forgive?
Mt 18:21-22 Then Peter
came up and said to him, "Lord, how often
shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive
him? As many as seven times?" Jesus said
to him, "I do not say to you seven times,
but seventy times seven.”
Parable of the unforgiving servant.
Mt 18:23-35 "Therefore
the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king
who wished to settle accounts with his servants.
When he began the reckoning, one was brought to
him who owed him ten thousand talents; and as
he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold,
with his wife and children and all that he had,
and payment to be made. So the servant fell on
his knees, imploring him, 'Lord, have patience
with me, and I will pay you everything.' And out
of pity for him the lord of that servant released
him and forgave him the debt. But that same servant,
as he went out, came upon one of his fellow servants
who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him
by the throat he said, 'Pay what you owe.' So
his fellow servant fell down and besought him,
'Have patience with me, and I will pay you.' He
refused and went and put him in prison till he
should pay the debt. When his fellow servants
saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed,
and they went and reported to their lord all that
had taken place. Then his lord summoned him and
said to him, 'You wicked servant! I forgave you
all that debt because you besought me; and should
not you have had mercy on your fellow servant,
as I had mercy on you?' And in anger his lord
delivered him to the jailers, till he should pay
all his debt. So also my heavenly Father will
do to every one of you, if you do not forgive
your brother from your heart."
Two best examples of forgiveness in
Lk 23:34 And Jesus
said, "Father, forgive them; for they know
not what they do."
Acts 7:59-60 And as
they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, "Lord
Jesus, receive my spirit." And he knelt down
and cried with a loud voice, "Lord, do not
hold this sin against them." And when he
had said this, he fell asleep.
Jn 13:34 Jesus said,
"A new commandment I give you, love one another
as I have loved you".
We find the same commandment in :
Lev 19:18 You shall
not take vengeance or bear any grudge against
the sons of your own people, but you shall love
your neighbour as yourself: I am the LORD.
The newness in Jesus' commandment is to love
as Jesus loved, to the extent of dying.
Mt 5:10-12 "Blessed
are those who are persecuted for righteousness'
sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. ”Blessed
are you when men revile you and persecute you
and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely
on My account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward
is great in heaven, for so men persecuted the
prophets who were before you.”
You will be persecuted for being righteous. People
will talk evil against you. Do not give up. Persevere.
Mt 10:22 And you will
be hated by all for my name's sake. But he who
endures to the end will be saved.
Jesus talks about enduring to the end in times
James 1:2-4 Count
it all joy, my brethren, when you meet various
trials, for you know that the testing of your
faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness
have its full effect, that you may be perfect
and complete, lacking nothing.
Persecution is the testing of faith. Do not run
away from persecution, but embrace every persecution
II Cor 4:8-11 We are
afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed,
but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not
forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always
carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that
the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our
bodies. For while we live, we are always being
given up to death for Jesus' sake, so that the
life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal
II Cor 4:16 So we
do not lose heart. Though our outer nature is
wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed
I Cor 4:2 Moreover
it is required of stewards that they be found
The word ‘steward’ in the Gk. is
means ‘manager.’ We are not owners,
but managers of God's gifts.
Lk 16:10-12 "He
who is faithful in a very little is faithful also
in much; and he who is dishonest in a very little
is dishonest also in much. If then you have not
been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will
entrust to you the true riches? And if you have
not been faithful in that which is another's,
who will give you that which is your own?”
We have to be faithful in every little way, in
every responsibility that is entrusted to us.
Prov 11:3 The integrity
of the upright guides them, but the crookedness
of the treacherous destroys them.
Prov 13:17 A bad messenger
plunges men into trouble, but a faithful envoy
Prov 14:5 A faithful
witness does not lie, but a false witness breathes
Prov 25:13 Like the
cold of snow in the time of harvest is a faithful
messenger to those who send him, he refreshes
the spirit of his masters.
Heb 3:2 He was faithful
to him who appointed him, just as Moses also was
faithful in God's house.
14. DOES THINGS WELL
Col 3:17 And whatever
you do, in word or deed, do everything in the
name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the
Father through Him.
Col 3:23 Whatever
your task, work heartily, as serving the Lord
and not men.
Whatever be our job, whomever we work for, work
with all your heart, mind and soul as serving
the Lord and not men, so do your best.
15. USES TIME WISELY
Eph 5:16-17 Making
the most of the time, because the days are evil.
Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what
the will of the Lord is.
Use time wisely and not foolishly, for foolishness
is sin. Make the best use of your time, discerning
His will and serving Him.
Col 4:5 Conduct yourselves
wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the
Make maximum use of the time in His service,
to behave with wisdom towards those outside the
Church. Be a missionary, be careful of the time
that you waste. You have to give an account for
wasted time. Take every opportunity possible to
work for Christ and to serve men.
Practical lesson: Make an inventory of your time,
the twenty-four hours of the day and look into
how it is used for God's kingdom and make changes
16. AIMS TO PLEASE GOD
Gal 1:10 Am I now
seeking the favour of men, or of God? Or am I
trying to please men? If I were still pleasing
men, I should not be a servant of Christ.
I have to please God in all circumstances and
not men. If I am trying to please men, then I
should not be a servant of Christ. Faith is demanded
of us in order to please God.
Heb 11:6 Without faith
it is impossible to please God.
Eph 6:5-7 Slaves,
be obedient to those who are your earthly masters,
with fear and trembling, in singleness of heart,
as to Christ; not in the way of eye-service, as
men-pleasers, but as servants of Christ, doing
the will of God from the heart, rendering service
with a good will as to the Lord and not to men,
I Thess 2:4 But just
as we have been approved by God to be entrusted
with the gospel, so we speak, not to please men,
but to please God who tests our hearts.
I Jn 3:22 And we receive
from Him whatever we ask, because we keep His
Commandments and do what pleases Him.
Col 3:22 Slaves, obey
in everything those who are your earthly masters,
not with eye service, as men-pleasers, but in
singleness of heart, fearing the Lord.
17. HAS FAITH IN GOD
Mk 11:22 And Jesus
answered them, "Have faith in God.
Heb 11:1 Faith is
the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction
of things not seen.
Heb 11:6 Without faith
it is impossible to please God.
Rm 10:17 So faith
comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes
by the preaching of Christ.
Eph 6:16 Besides all
these, taking the shield of faith, with which
you can quench all the flaming darts of the evil
I Tim 6:12 Fight the
good fight of the faith; take hold of the eternal
life to which you were called when you made the
good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
Do not give up, fight the good fight of faith
(keep exercising your faith in your daily walk
18. QUICK TO OBEY
Lk 5:4-6 And when
He had ceased speaking, He said to Simon, "Put
out into the deep and let down your nets for a
catch." And Simon answered, "Master,
we toiled all night and took nothing! But at Your
Word I will let down the nets." And when
they had done this, they enclosed a great shoal
of fish; and as their nets were breaking,
Peter's quick obedience to the Lord brought him
blessing (huge catch of fish). Instant obedience
to Christ is demanded of every disciple.
II Thess 3:14 If any
one refuses to obey what we say in this letter,
note that man, and have nothing to do with him,
that he may be ashamed.
I Sam 15:22 Obedience
is better than sacrifice.
19. CLEAR UNDERSTANDING OF HIS PRIORITIES
Acts 6:2 And the twelve
summoned the body of the disciples and said, "It
is not right that we should give up preaching
the Word of God to serve tables.
Let us hear God's calling clearly, know His will
for our lives. What is He asking of us? Do not
mix up your priorities.
20. WILLING TO FOLLOW THE SPIRIT'S LEADING
Lk 4:1 And Jesus,
full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan,
and was led by the Spirit
After Jesus was baptised in the river Jordan,
He was led by the Spirit into the desert to fast
for forty days and then His ministry began. God
has a plan, listen to the promptings of the Holy
Spirit, do what He tells you and you will have
a powerful ministry. Every disciple must have
a ministry according to God's plan.
Acts 16:6-10 And they
went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia,
having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak
the word in Asia. And when they had come opposite
Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but
the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them; so, passing
by Mysia, they went down to Troas. And a vision
appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia
was standing beseeching him and saying, "Come
over to Macedonia and help us." And when
he had seen the vision, immediately we sought
to go on into Macedonia, concluding that God had
called us to preach the gospel to them.
Paul and Silas are forbidden by the Spirit to
speak the word in Asia and were guided to go to
Macedonia where they preached the gospel.
In the service of the Lord it is important to
follow the promptings of the Spirit. To do God’s
work and not just good work.