And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
Matthew 4:19

What is a Disciple of Christ?

Jesus gives us a very simple, yet PROFOUND definition of a disciple in his invitation found in Matthew 4:19:

The first two words of Jesus are a simple invitation. This invitation indicates our acceptance of Jesus — his authority and his truth — at the head level. A disciple follows Jesus. He leads, we follow. It’s that simple. BUT, The invitation to follow Jesus comes at a cost—ME.

The next five words in this verse speak of a process of transformation. This tells us that discipleship involves Jesus molding our hearts to become more like his, because a disciple of Jesus is changed by Jesus. Far too many of us assume that discipleship is merely the transfer of information leading to behavior modification. But discipleship, at heart, involves transformation at the deepest levels of our understanding, affection, and will by the Holy Spirit, through the Word of God and in relationship with the people of God.

The final three words in this verse indicate a response of action, something that affects what we live for and do. If our acceptance of Jesus begins in the head and extends to the heart, it leads to a change in what we do with our hands.

A Disciple of Christ is a person who follows Jesus, is transformed by Jesus and joins in the mission of Jesus.

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