At New Life these days, we are thinking a lot about discipleship. What does it mean to be a genuine follower of Jesus; a disciple, and not just a person living with the "Christian" label? It's easy to go through the motions and believe that I'm a Christian because I go to church or I read my Bible, but what evidence is there that I am a disciple of Jesus?
From Matthew 4:18-20 we learn that Jesus' earliest disciples (1) left their nets [they gave up some things], (2) followed Jesus [as close as possible], and later (3) influenced others to follow Jesus [became fishers of men]. That's a pretty simple definition of discipleship!
John the Baptist expressed the true heart of a disciple when he said, "He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30, ESV) That's the start to becoming more like Jesus! From the heart a disciple flows the passion to "come and die" so that Jesus can "come and live" in me!
So let me ask you, in what ways is Jesus increasing in your life and in what ways are you decreasing? That's not an easy question because it deals with our heart. Do you really want to grow spiritually? Do you really want to be a fruitful disciple? It begins by asking Jesus to increase in every area of your life and especially in your character!
Becoming more like Jesus happens when we invite Jesus to bring more of his presence, more of his purposes, and more of his promises into our lives so that we can be like him and live like Him! I hope you will!