Discipleship is not just for pastors, evangelists and those who are serving God in full time ministry alone. It is for every believer in Christ. All believers are called to be disciples and to make disciples. You cannot say that you are saved and just wait for eternity, without fulfilling God’s purposes for you on earth. Your entrance to heaven is assured at the time of your salvation. You were saved when you put your faith in God for receiving the Gift of Eternal Life. However, rewards in Heaven are dependent on your works, which you do by depending on God’s guidance and strength.
Here are a few things that are expected from a disciple of Jesus Christ.
Every disciple of Jesus Christ must bear his own cross, which means He must choose to follow Christ, even in the midst of criticisms, insults and oppositions.
Every believer of God is given unique gifts and talents that are supposed to be used for God’s glory. Whether it is teaching other believers, helping the needy with money and food, donating for evangelism and missionary organizations, volunteering in church activities, it is your duty to use your gifts for His kingdom.
Relationships are good and all good blessings are from God. Be thankful for every blessing God has given you, but never let anything turn into an idol. Anything that you place above God is an idol.
Read you Bible and meditate on God’s Word every day. The Bible is not just a knowledge book. The Word of God is alive and has the power to change our soul, heart, desire and passions. God speaks to us through His Word. You cannot draw close to God and His purposes without soaking yourself with His Word.
We belong to the family of God. The Church is not a building, but the body of Christ. Love other members of God’s family and continue in fellowship with them.
In a world full of false doctrines and false teachings such as legalism, the misleading and dangerous prosperity gospel, mystical experiences and false prophetic revelations etc., cling to the true Gospel and sound doctrine, even though it is not popular. Expose false teachings and correct fellow believers who have fallen prey to such false techings.Being a disciple of Jesus Christ
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