What is a Disciple?

What does it mean to be a disciple? More specifically, a disciple of Jesus? We don’t have a really good model in western culture. Most students think they’re smarter than their teachers in our educational institutions. I used to describe a union apprentice. However, Donald Trump has allowed an apprentice to be defined as a person who is cutthroat and manipulative. Then, I found a good fictionalized discussion on the topic in a book I’m currently reading, Imaginary Jesus by Matt Mikalatos. Matt is in a dialogue with a donkey about what it means to be a follower of Christ and really be a disciple.

Donkey: “Yes, but not how you think of it. You’re thinking of Y’shua like an algebra teacher. But to be a disciple means more than learning. It means to become like your teacher. It means transformation from what I am into what my teacher is. Y’shua said once, ‘Everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher.’”

Matt: “So you’re saying that if I was, for instance, your disciple –“

Donkey: “You wouldn’t need to find a bathroom,” the donkey said, “because we’re walking on a perfectly fine road. You would eat what I eat, you would rest when I rest, and under the same olive tree. You wouldn’t take the shortcut while I went the long way. We would be inseparable. You would live like my shadow, mimicking my actions until you do what I do without thinking, until you had the same instincts, thoughts, and words.”

How close is that description to your relationship with Christ? A modeling driven by discipline and desire that turns you into a clone of the person you’re modeling after. That is a disciple. Is that you, and me?

Posted: August 10, 2011 
Filed under: Deep Thoughts with Pastor Jeff, Pastor Jeff, Spiritual
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