DISCOVERING SPIRITUAL MATURITY – DAY #1

I want to begin by talking about a word that appears hundreds of times in the Bible.  The word is DISCIPLE or DISCIPLES.  Throughout the New Testament followers of Christ are called Disciples.  In fact, the word Disciple simply means “follower.”  CLASS 201 is designed to help us become a disciple or follower of Christ.  So, here are five important lessons we need to know about being a disciple.

  1. Mature believers are called DISCIPLES.

Remember, not everyone who followed Jesus was a disciple.  The crowd that followed Him included Pharisees (who were critical of Him) and people who simply wanted to use Him (for political reasons or for free food and health care).  By the same token, not everyone who goes to church or calls themselves a Christian is a disciple.

  1. I cannot be a disciple without being DISCIPLINED.

It takes discipline to develop the six spiritual habits necessary for us to grow into maturity.  As you might have guessed, the word disciple is derived from the word discipline. The idea is that a disciple (follower) disciplines him/herself in order to follow the master.

  1. The more DISCIPLINED I become, THE MORE GOD CAN USE ME.

If I don’t develop the spiritual habits, I will limit my ability to become more like Christ.  This, in turn, limits the amount that God can use me.

  1. The mark of a disciple is CROSS BEARING.

Jesus said, “… anyone who does not carry his cross and follow Me cannot be My disciple.”  Luke 14:27 (NIV).  But what does cross bearing mean for us today?  Obviously, Jesus doesn’t expect us to carry a wooden cross around every day.  And wearing a cross on a necklace, bracelet or tattoo couldn’t be what He was referring to.  So, what is cross bearing?  Simply put, cross bearing means doing WHATEVER IT TAKES to give Christ FIRST PLACE in my life!

Today, let’s begin these 4 weeks by taking the following action steps:

  1. Commit Luke 14:27 to memory:

“… anyone who does not carry his cross and follow Me cannot be My disciple.”

  1. Pray for God to empower you to do WHATEVER IT TAKES to give Christ FIRST PLACE in your life.