The Grace of God

That Brings Salvation Has Appeared to All Men (Titus 2:11)

Discipleship & Obedience–Not Optional

Please read the following two articles, by Glenn Roseberry, in their entirety.

It has been taught in many western churches that discipleship is optional, and only for those few who want to go “deeper with God.” This is false. Jesus never called men to be “saved in sin” or “saved but not changed.”  Jesus did not come to enhance our lives with a few fringe benefits, but to give us entirely new lives–with a whole new direction and purpose. Without the self-denial of discipleship, without the careful patterning of our lives after Jesus’ example and commandments, we cannot imagine ourselves “saved.”

Here are two excerpts from the first writing, entitled, “You Can’t Make a Disciple if You Are Not a Disciple”–

“Jesus not only came to make disciples but He also commanded disciples to go on and make more disciples. See the Great Commission. It is His method of expanding the Kingdom of God. But I really like the wording of the verse listed here.  “Any of you who does not renounce all that he has…”. Renounce. Not a word we hear in modern Christianity. To renounce something is to formally declare one’s abandonment of a claim, a right or possession.  I have a question.  Have you formally renounced or abandoned your claim, your right to all but Christ?  Have you renounced your right to your own possessions, your own life and chosen Jesus and Him alone?…

…Jesus makes some profound calls to discipleship. Let’s look at some.  First, the rich young ruler. We all get all bothered that Jesus asked him to sell all he had and come and follow me and then make a million excuses and run to theologians who assure us that Jesus did not mean what He said. It was just said for that bad young rich guy. But Jesus repeated that call to his disciples, the church practiced it in the book of Acts and the history of the early church tells us that sacrificial giving and lifestyle choices to make room for serving God were the norm.”

I encourage you to read the whole article (here) and examine yourself to see if you are truly a disciple of Jesus.

After that, please go on to read “Teaching Them to Obey.” Here is a short excerpt–

“We are all quick to notice in this day and time that He [Jesus] did not say, make converts, make believers, make reciters of sinners prayers and we are quick to point out that disciples is what Jesus wanted. And I, of course, agree. But we miss one important point. “Teaching them to obey everything I have commanded YOU.” Hmmm, interesting. We are to teach men to obey everything that Jesus commanded the disciples to obey. Now Jesus commanded some pretty radical things. Turning the other cheek, laying up NO treasure on earth and caring for the least of these, come to mind immediately. They come to mind because we don’t do them.”

Articles such as these are tremendously edifying, but they are not easy reading. That is because they reveal what is still lacking in us, the things we need to change. And such changes are the hardest thing imaginable. But unless we do change and obey the things Jesus commanded, we cannot be His disciples. And if we aren’t His disciples in reality and truth, we will not be able to fulfill the Great Commission.

God bless you!

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