John 8:31-33

In John 8:31-33  Jesus defines what it looks like to be a disciple.  “Then Jesus turned to the Jews who had claimed to believe in him. “If you stick with this, living out what I tell you, you are my disciples for sure”.  If you want to be Jesus’ disciple, you must abide in His word. There is no other way. To be a follower of Jesus is to abide (to live in, to dwell in, to make your home in) His word.  Jesus said, ‘If you’ – He emphasized a distinction from those who had not believed so faith is the foundation of discipleship – ‘stick with this (or abide in my word as other translations have it)’ – not simply being content with taking the first step towards faith and obedience but continuing to walk with Him – ‘then’ – but not till then – ‘are we really His disciples.

We don’t put nearly enough focus on the importance of being a disciple.  Jesus left us with a commandment in Matthew 28.19-20 to “go make disciples of all nations”.  Sometimes we apply that as something we need to get others to do, when in fact it has to begin with us becoming a disciple ourselves first.  We can’t make disciples until we become a disciple.  Discipleship is much more caught than taught.  Jesus was clear that there were significant benefits for those who walk with Him on this journey.  “Then you will experience for yourselves the truth, and the truth will free you”.  This is the result of abiding in the word of Jesus – we are set free from the deception and lies of the enemy and world around us.

When we prove ourselves to be His disciples and we know the truth, God works His freedom in our life through His truth. The freedom Jesus spoke of doesn’t come from just an academic pursuit of truth; but from abiding in His word and being His disciple.  It is how we live that truth day by day and moment by moment that sets us free.  There is nothing like the freedom we can have in Jesus. No money can buy it, no status can obtain it, no works can earn it, and nothing can match it.  And it is free for the taking if we’ll only believe in Him, receive the free gift of grace God offers, and then spend our life walking in obedience to Him as a disciple.

To be a disciple means to be a ‘learner’ which is what the word means.  We can only be learners if we are studying at the feet of the Master.  Becoming a Christ Follower is not just praying the sinners prayer and then going on with life.  It begins there – when we realize that we are on a path to eternal destruction and separation from God – but from there we move from Jesus as Savior to Jesus as Lord.  That’s the lifetime relationship walking with Him as a true follower or disciple.  It isn’t a hour or two in the pew on Sunday morning.  It’s a day by day, moment by moment pursuit of His truth through the Word and a personal relationship with Him through prayer, meditation and other spiritual disciplines.  Are you a disciple of Jesus?  That’s what He has called us to be.  It’s not hard – ‘stick with me’ – but it is extremely difficult to actually do.  It’s what we are called to do.  Are you living that way every day?

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