The Mustard Seed
April 2014



Becoming a Disciple of Jesus
(Part 8)

We normally sign the words disciple and apostle with similar signs which mean "follower."  That is unfortunate, because both disciple and apostle mean much more than just "follower."  A  disciple is a devoted student of someone.  An  apostle is a person who is sent to do something specific for the sender.  Jesus Christ sends us, His followers, His disciples, to do something specific for Him.  What?  If you survey Christians with that question, you may get answers like these:
  • Believe
  • Pray
  • Go to church
  • Be nice to other people
That's a start.  But we tend to go about our daily lives as if our personal business is... our personal business.  In this series we have already seen that being Jesus' disciple means:
  • Being totally committed to Him
  • Seeking people who are lost, introducing them to Jesus, and helping them to become His disciples
  • Serving others
God is very concerned about our daily activities.  He has specific things that He wants us to do, and things that He wants us to not do.  Like what?  That's a question you need to ask Him every day.  "Lord, what do You want me to do?"  He will show you.  How?  Through His Word, the Bible.  Through the counsel of godly friends and mentors.  And through inner promptings from the Holy Spirit. 
Disciples of Jesus seek His leading in their daily lives.  That means we must constantly be
  • in His Word -- When we are not studying the Bible, we should be meditating what on God has said and applying it to every situation we find ourselves.
  • in prayer -- discussing with Him every circumstance, every social interaction, every need, and every decision.
  • in fellowship with like-minded Christians -- encouraging each other and serving Him together.
We cannot really serve Christ in our own wisdom and strength.  So we pray daily that He will fill us with His Holy Spirit, who will guide us, and give us insight and abilities to do things which only He can do.
Many Christians incorrectly assume that being filled with the Holy Spirit is just a one-time emotional experience.  The Bible teaches that God's purpose in filling us with His Holy Spirit is not to supercharge our emotions, but transform our character, our attitudes, and our actions.  The Holy Spirit gives us wisdom, insight, faith, and maturity.  And the Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit's filling is not a one-time "Zap!" but a continual, daily refilling, as we spend time in God's Word and apply insights from His Word to our prayers and our daily decisions. 
The Bible says: 

If any of you need wisdom, ask God for it. He will give it to you.  (James 1:5)

Be very careful how you live...  Live like people who are wise.  Make the most of every opportunity.  The days are evil.  So don’t be foolish. Instead, understand what the Lord wants.   Don’t fill yourself up with wine. Getting drunk will lead to wild living.  Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit.  (Ephesians 5:15-18 NIRV)

Don’t live any longer the way this world lives.  Let your way of thinking be completely changed.  Then you will be able to test what God wants for you.  And you will agree that what He wants is right. His plan is good and pleasing and perfect. (Romans 12:2 NIRV)

Even though you are evil, you know how to give good gifts to your children. How much more will your Father who is in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him! (Luke 11:13 NIRV)

(Also see our Campus ministry series on Divine Guidance.)

~~Pastor Ron
(...to be continued...)

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You are invited to Christ Lutheran Church of the Deaf in Silver Spring
a couple blocks south of the Metro Red Line Forest Glen Station
Sunday Worship:  9:30AM
From time to time we post announcements to the Lutheran Student Fellowship by email.  If you would like to be included, please send your email address to Ron.Friedrich@gallaudet.edu
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Thursday afternoons
in Ely 118.
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Pastor Ron Friedrich

[Gallaudet Office of Campus Ministry]

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