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  • Writer's pictureDr. Clifton Clarke

The Call to Discipleship

Updated: Aug 29, 2020

One of the problems today, is that many when they become a Christian that they simply add Jesus to their life.  In other words, they keep, for the most part, living their lives with Jesus now added into the mix.  Oh, they’ve changed a few things perhaps but it’s still their lives and their will and their ways. 

Luke 9:23

And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.

There are three important things to bear in my reading discipleship

A. The Call

If Anyone:  The terms of discipleship are the same for everyone of us.

You must respond to the call of Christ.

Mark 2:14

And as he passed by he saw Levi, the son of Alphreus, sitting at the Tax Office, and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose and followed him. (Mark 2.14) 

1.   The Call is Personal – to You

“He saw Levi the son of Aphaeus sitting at the tax office”. Too many of us sign up for a church program, and other religious activities and discipleship. God’s call on your life is not to a religious activities but relationship

2.   The Caller is from Jesus – God

“Jesus said to Him Follow me.” It is also important to note that the call of God is one that is issued by Christ the Son of God. It is not your pastor or your friend but God who is calling you.

3.   The Call is non negotiable  

In Matt 8:21 one of Jesus’ disciples wanted to go home to take care of his father till his father passed away.  He wanted to follow Jesus but on his own terms. The call of God is not up for debate or negotiation. 

Won’t you respond to the call today

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