In searching the Scripture for the marks of a disciple of the Lord, three important themes stuck out: 1) A spirit of personal devotion, 2) a spirit of enterprise, and 3) a spirit of unselfishness.
Spirit of Personal Devotion
John 6:38-39…Jesus came to do the will of His Father (Submission). John 17:4…Jesus does God’s will. …Is the work I am doing glorifying God?
John 8:14; John 3:8…I know where I am going—If I am from the Father and going back, then the only reason I am here is to do His will. Galatians 1:1-5…therefore should not care what people think…men did not raise Paul from the dead; Isaiah 5:1-2; Romans 4:17-21
2 Corinthians 5:6-10…’How was your devotion to Christ?”; 2 Timothy 2:3-7
Genesis 6:9…Noah—righteous, blameless, walked with God. Disciples of Christ must be the same. The messenger needs to be like the message (Heb 11:7; 2 Peter 2:5)
Galatians 2:20…”I no longer live, but Christ in me.” Philippians 1:21, “live is Christ and die is gain.” If Christ is our life here and there, can we be devoted to him? To follow Christ, we must sacrifice our old life. 1 Timothy 6:3-7.
Romans 12:1-2…The sacrifice is a daily one. Only by giving up my plans, desires and priorities can I understand God’s will in these areas of my life.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20…Bought with a price. I have given over my rights to run my life in any capacity
Spirit of Enterprise—“Active”:
Christ was active--
Mark 1:32-38…People came after dark. Jesus got up early and then wanted to go to another place to preach.(Don’t grow weary of doing good, forget being tired)
Ephesians 5:15-16…”Be careful how you walk, not as unwise but as wise. Make the most of the times because the days are evil.” (Careful walking—it is dangerous out there! Ecc. 10:8-14)
John 14:12…We are to do greater works than Jesus. (If I am to do greater works then I must have Christ’s sacrificial attitude)…Acts 2 …Matt 28:16-20
Ezekiel 2:8-3:4…Ezekiel listens by eating the word. He digests the word—doesn’t just memorize
2nd Timothy 2:3-7…”suffer with me.” Who we are is more important than what we do
Luke 8:1..They went proclaiming and preaching. 1 John 1:1-3—preaching personal contact
Proverbs 24:33…A little sleep a little slumber etc. (Be alert)
Proverbs 10:5…No sleeping during the harvest
Spirit of Unselfishness—“Loving without expectation"
John 3:16—God so loved. It was not for His benefit but our benefit that He loved us. Love has someone else’s name on i t. 1st Corinthians 13—I must be a loving person. Galatians 5:22—fruit of the Spirit. If I love, the other fruit comes along.
Luke 17:11-19…Jesus loved all the lepers even though only one returned to thank him.
Acts 3:1-10; Acts 4:1-4…It’s a thankless job being a disciple of Jesus
Romans 1:14…Paul says he is under obligation. He does not concentrate on the results but on the call.
This is the blog of Tyler Shepard, the Senior Pastor for Shoaff Park Baptist Church in Fort Wayne, IN.
I hope you are encouraged and challenged to walk more closely with Jesus Christ!