The Mustard Seed
Becoming Jesus' Disciple
Before Jesus ascended back into heaven, Jesus told us, "Go and make disciples of all nations... Teach them to obey everything I have commanded you." (Matthew 28:19)" But if we hope to help other people become His disciples, we must understand what a disciple of Christ is and does, and we must become His disciples ourselves.
Two contrasting characteristics of disciples of Jesus are illustrated in a familiar story in Luke chapter 10.
Jesus and His disciples went on their way. Jesus came to a village where a woman named Martha lived. She welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister named Mary.
Mary sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what He said. But Martha was busy with all the things that had to be done. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, my sister has left me to do the work by myself. Don’t you care? Tell her to help me!”
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered. “You are worried and upset about many things. But only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better. And it will not be taken away from her.” (NIRV)
These sisters showed their respect for Jesus in two very different ways. Martha was busy doing things for Jesus. Mary sat, attentive to what Jesus had to tell her. When Martha expressed her irritation, Jesus sided with Mary. She made the better choice.
In Matthew 28, Jesus told us to teach all nations. Teach what? We can't teach what we don't have. Jesus' 12 Disciples had His personal instruction for three years. Mary sat at Jesus' feet listening to Him. What about us? Jesus isn't here to teach us like He taught them -- wrong! Although we can't see Him, Jesus is here. We also have His teaching, His Word, the Bible. And the lesson we learn from Mary is that disciples are attentive to Jesus and His Word.
We study, absorb, meditate on His Word, why?
1. So we can know Him:
Who He is.
What He has done... is doing... will do.
2. So He can transform us.
3. So we can learn
What is true and discern what is false.
What to do; so He can speak to us & guide us.
4. So we can disciple others.
The Apostle Paul wrote from his Roman prison cell to his assistant, Timothy:
"I want you to continue to follow what you have learned. Don’t give up what you are sure of. You know the people you learned it from. You have known the Holy Scriptures ever since you were a little child. They are able to teach you how to be saved by believing in Christ Jesus. God has breathed life into all of Scripture.
By using Scripture, a man of God can be completely prepared to do every good thing." (2 Timothy 3:14-17 NIRV)
Did you know....?In past generations the fellowship of Lutheran college and university students was called GAMMA DELTA, which was derived from the Greek words gnosis (knowledge) and diakonia (service). The Gallaudet Epsilon Kappa Chapter of Gamma Delta was chartered in 1958. Today we are called Lutheran Student Fellowship. At many universities, LSF focuses its ministry to international students who seek a spiritual and emotional support in a foreign culture. Web addresses:
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a couple blocks south of the Metro Red Line Forest Glen Station
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in Ely 118.
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Pastor Ron Friedrich