Wednesday, August 5

What it means to be a disciple of Jesus

Scripture: Habakkuk 1-3, John 8

John 8:31–32 Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. 32 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”


Jesus defines what it means to be His disciple: you remain faithful to His teaching—literally, “you remain (continue, abide, stay) in my word.”  If you do this, you’ll know the truth and the truth will set you free.

This corresponds to the Great Commission: we are to make disciples of all nations by baptizing them and teaching them to obey all that Jesus commanded.  

A disciple is a learner, a follower, an apprentice; someone who learned from and became like his mentor or teacher.  To be Jesus’ disciple is to follow Jesus, do what He says and become more like Him.  We do this by remaining in His word, continuing to learn and do what He says.  

It may start with learning content (doctrine) but it never ends there.  It must end in obedience and likeness.  We know the truth, we do what Jesus says, and we become like Him.

Prayer: Lord, help me to be Your disciple: knowing You, doing what You say, and becoming like You.  And help me to make disciples who know You, do what You say and become like You.