DISCIPLES CHANGE THE WORLD
2018 has been a truly interesting year so far. There are many different movements mobilizing across this country and the level of unrest is almost palpable. People are rallying for their cause and stepping up to create change. But can these movements bring about real change?
I read an article the other day that describes the core behaviors of people who change the world. Here’s what I found most interesting: 1.)They dedicate themselves to what gives their life meaning and purpose; 2.)They invest time and energy not in what is, but what can be; 3.)And, they spread what they know. Sounds like these behaviors are what we would see in the disciples of Jesus Christ.
When we explore scripture, we see great examples of people who changed the world. But what did it cost them to make such an impact? I was in a meeting recently when I heard the speaker say these words, “Christians don’t change the world. Only disciples do”. That statement it hit me like a ton of bricks. It is not enough to believe in something. You must be a disciple - one who is disciplined enough to follow, learn and emulate.
Our Christian faith is filled with believers. Since Christianity remains the dominant religion (which by the way is changing rapidly), why aren’t we seeing the significant Christian impact? I will suggest to you that the reason we aren’t seeing a significant impact is because we have more believers than we do disciples.
Jesus’s movement had many followers. But when the going got rough, the Bible tells us that many deserted Him. However, His true disciples – those who were willing to not only follow and learn but to emulate – remained. In fact, our definition of what a disciple is falls short of how Jesus defined it in Luke 14:26-28 NLT:
26 “If you want to be my disciple, you must, by comparison, hate everyone else—your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple. 27 And if you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple.28 “But don’t begin until you count the cost.
The movement started by Jesus Christ was and still is the greatest movement that has ever existed. Jesus, along with His twelve true disciples, changed the entire world. It is a movement that has continued for over 2000 years. And here’s the difference between Jesus’s movement and the movements we see today – the movement of Jesus Christ is built on the truest and most solid foundation there can ever be. It is tried, true, and will stand the test of time. There is no better cause than the cause of Jesus Christ.
So, I ask a rhetorical question this morning, where are the disciples of Jesus Christ? Imagine if more of us decided that we would move from simply being a believer to being a disciple. I believe the impact would amaze us all.