Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.
Do you consider yourself a disciple of Jesus Christ? Every Christian should be able to say that he or she is a disciple—not a perfect disciple, but a growing disciple of Jesus. Every believer should be one. Discipleship is living the Christian life as Jesus taught it and as the early church understood it. It’s real Christianity.
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I think some are reluctant to live that way because it seems, well, radical. Discipleship is the road less taken, and some don’t want hardship. They don’t want a challenge. They don’t want difficulty, so they will take the path of least resistance instead of the discipleship road.
Yes, discipleship is challenging, but it is fulfilling. It’s difficult, but it’s more than worth it, because it is living the Christian life as it was meant to be lived. Here is what it comes down to: Every believer should be a disciple. Then as disciples, we either should be discipled by someone more mature than we are, or we should be discipling someone less mature than we are.
Right after I accepted Christ on my high school campus, I could have fallen through the cracks so easily. But someone I had never met before walked up to me and introduced himself. His name was Mark, and he said, “Greg, I’m taking you to church.” And he did. He helped me get through that rough spot. And soon I found myself doing the same thing for others.
Can you be there for someone else? When you take a new believer under your wing, you are helping that person grow spiritually as you model what a Christian looks like.
Are you willing to step out from the multitude and be a real disciple? Are you willing to be more than a fair-weather follower of Jesus?