Although the word “Christian” is only found three times in the New Testament, the word “disciple” is found over 250 times. Scripture has much to say about being a disciple and yet it is not often mentioned in current church settings. We know what a Christian is, but what is a disciple?
The definition of the Greek word translated disciple is “to become a pupil.” Disciples were people who sat at Jesus’ feet and learned from his teaching (Matthew 5:1), but they were also people who followed Him and imitated His actions. To be a disciple of Jesus is to desire to be like Jesus in every way.
Discipleship is about transformation. It is learning to live like Jesus. It means we must continually study the teachings of Jesus so that they become a part of who we are. Becoming a disciple is going to require more time than an hour or two a week. We cannot expect to become a disciple of Jesus simply by attending Sunday worship. We must devote ourselves to daily training. We must spend time in God’s word, in prayer, and in the practice of living like Jesus. Live like a disciple of Jesus this week.