A Genuine Disciple

By Marvin Nemitz on July 1, 2024

HCC Monthly Harvest Seed

A Genuine Disciple

John 8:31-32 - Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

When Jesus gave the Great Commission, He commissioned those who followed Him to go and make disciples. He did not instruct them to go and make believers; He said disciples. There is a big difference between a believer and a disciple. There is even a big difference between those who identify as a Christian and those who identify as a disciple.

James 2:19 - You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble!

Satan and the demons (the fallen angels) are believers, but they are not disciples. This reality is usually an eye opener for many people.

A disciple is someone who not only believes the Word of God but who has been taught to allow the Word of God to completely transform their life for the Glory of God.

  • At HCC we define a Disciple as – A fully devoted, committed, obedient follower of Jesus Christ.

I want to say it again that there is a big difference in being a believer of Jesus Christ and a disciple of Jesus Christ.

A Disciple is someone who has moved from being the recipient of the church’s mission to being responsible for the church’s mission.

A True Disciple is a follower of Christ.

Mark 1:17-18 (AMP) - And Jesus said to them, “Follow Me [as My disciples, accepting Me as your Master and Teacher and walking the same path of life that I walk], and I will make you fishers of men.” 18 Immediately they left their nets and followed Him [becoming His disciples, believing and trusting in Him and following His example].

As Followers we surrender the being the leader of our own life. The very first call to the very first disciples were – follow me.

Following Jesus isn’t simply an adherence to a set of beliefs but a commitment to a Way of Life.

This is why the first disciples were called followers of – The Way. Jesus is the Way the Truth and the Life.

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT) - This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

As a follower our life now belongs to Him. He is our Master and our Lord.

Matthew 7:20-23 (NLT) - Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions. 21 “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. 22 On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ 23 But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’

Luke 6:46 - “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?

To follow means that we will go where He wants us to go, when He wants us to go and do whatever He commands us to do.

Much of what passes for Christianity is simply an acknowledgement and agreement with a set of beliefs with no real semblance of what a disciple truly is.

Luke 9:57-62 - Now it happened as they journeyed on the road, that someone said to Him, “Lord, I will follow You wherever You go.” 58 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” 59 Then He said to another, “Follow Me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” 60 Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and preach the kingdom of God.” 61 And another also said, “Lord, I will follow You, but let me first go and bid them farewell who are at my house.” 62 But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

Notice how all of these people have a “but first”.  Anytime we have a “but first” Jesus isn’t first. He is either our first or He is not. – Is Jesus truly your first?

A key mark of a Genuine Disciple is obedience.

A disciple is not someone of blind obedience. They walk by faith and not by sight. True faith is not blind, in fact it sees clearly.

An obedient disciple is someone who lives in the Fear of the Lord. They know that He is God. They live their life in awe and in reverence of who He is as God.

They obey not because they are afraid of God but because they desire to please God.

When Jesus called us to make disciples, He told us to teach them to OBEY ALL that He has commanded.

  • A Genuine Disciple is someone who lives by the Word of God.

Obedience to God is not an option of discipleship, it is a prerequisite for being a disciple.

Matthew 21:6 - So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them.

John 14:15 (AMP) - “If you [really] love Me, you will keep and obey My commandments.

For the Disciple The Word of God is not only life, it is our way of life. The Life of a disciple is found in the word. We are word driven and Spirit Led.

A Disciple is obedient to the teachings and the commands of Christ.

Disciples don’t just believe the Word of God they obey it because they live by Faith.

James 2:18-20 - But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. 19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! 20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?

What is dead faith? Faith without obedience to the Word of God.

A Genuine Disciple Loves Christ above all others.

Remember Love is…. Not love feels.

For the disciple there is no divided allegiance. This is hard for people to grasp.

True love is marked by unhindered devotion.

Mark 12:30 - And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment.

Luke 14:26 - “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.

People ask me if I love God more than my wife and kids. Yes.

But the truth is I can love them best when I love God first.

Love is a choice not a feeling. Never confuse attraction with love.

To be a true disciple of Christ is to have a love for Him that is above all others.

Above opinions, Loyalties, ambitions, affections, desires, and relationships.

This is a disciple. This will challenge all of us. The fact is many people think this is too extreme.

Yet this is the type of devotion that God requires.

A Genuine Disciple must be willing to forsake all.

Luke 14:33 - So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.

(AMP) - So then, none of you can be My disciple who does not [carefully consider the cost and then for My sake] give up all his own possessions.

This is hard for so many people.

For many people there is something in their life that holds a special place. A thing, A person, a position, a possession.

Different people are built differently. For some it is easy to move on from people or things. For others they cannot give up money or fame.

The Life of a disciple is not easy.  It is a narrow way.

Matthew 7:13-14 - “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

Sometimes is almost seems like Jesus is talking us out of following Him. Difficult, narrow.

What He is saying is make sure that when you choose to be my disciple that you consider the cost. – There are very few who are willing to do it.

Mark 10:29-30 - So Jesus answered and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel’s, 30 who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time—houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions—and in the age to come, eternal life.

A disciple realizes that the cost of giving up everything is nothing compared to what Christ has to offer.

There will come a time in life when all of us will be tested about our belief about the cost and if it is worth it or not.

Disciples understand that in order to increase they must first decrease and God must increase.

There is so much more that we will uncover this month as we study what it means to be a genuine disciple.

Our walk with God is meant to be deeper, sweeter and more life impacting than we could ever imagine. My prayer is that this month we will all take some time to take an inventory or our lives and see that we are a genuine disciple.

May you take time to rest this summer and be refreshed. Remember that we love you and that we are praying for you.

Pastor Marvin  Dawn

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