4. A disciple will manifest in character and behavior a gradual and consistent transformation into the image of Jesus.
Luke 6:40 “A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher.”
• We will never be gods, as some religions have taught in error, and never be perfect like Christ. He is our covering for sin, and by His Holy Spirit within us our words and deeds should be glorifying God more and more. Training involves learning, commitment, and practice in righteousness.
Jesus also said:
John 13:15–17 “For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.”
Jesus gave us the best example of what it looks like to disciple others! He selected twelve men and taught them personally; they became the founders of His Church after the Holy Spirit came to dwell within them, according to Jesus’ promise. These men poured themselves into others as faithful leaders and teachers of all that Jesus had taught them.
The Lord gives different gifts to His followers—some are called to be pastors, youth ministers, music directors, etc., but every believer is called to be a disciple. This means that every Christian needs to come to a point where they are mature enough to apply God’s Word to the needs of other believers within a close relationship…and do it regularly and with intention as Jesus did. Discipling is spending time with another, or others, for a season of life, helping them to understand and obey God’s Word by encouraging, exhorting and just as important, BEING AN EXAMPLE to them. Remember, Matthew 28:19 says “…make disciples of ALL…” All means all, and that’s all that all means.
• Are pastors, worship leaders, Bible study leaders, etc. exempt from this calling? No. In fact, God expects more from those who lead.
John 13:16 Jesus says “Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him.”
Titus 2:7 the apostle Paul says, “…in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility.”
Hebrews 13:7 reads, “Remember those who rule over you, who have spoken the word of God to you, whose faith follow, considering the outcome of their conduct.”