Making Little Jesuses (Part 5b)
Anytime I’m trying to answer a question or solve a problem, I always go to Jesus first. So, is this true Jesus? Are we really suppose to be like God? Be like You? Listen to how Jesus defines a disciple.
“A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a slave above his master. It is enough for the disciple that he become like his teacher, and the slave like his master…” (Mt 10.24-25)
A disciple is not above his teacher; but everyone, after he has been fully trained, will be like his teacher. (Lk 6.40)
Jesus says the disciple is to become “like the teacher.” Jesus Himself had the goal of helping His followers become like Him. Now that puts a whole new twist on discipleship, doesn’t it? It’s no longer a program to complete or a list of To-Dos and To-Don’ts. It’s a person to become!
Consider these few verses to emphasize the point;
Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” (Jn 8.12)
You are the light of the world. (Mt 5.14)
As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. (Jn 17.18)
For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son… (Rom 8.29)
The one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked. (1 Jn 2.6)
Once we train our eyes to look for these “Be Like Jesus” passages, we’ll start seeing them pop up all over the Bible. And here’s the punchline. If we do not define a disciple in the same manner as Jesus did, are we really obeying His Great Commission? BTW, this is why I never call someone “my disciple.” I’m not trying to make little Chucks. I’m making disciples of Jesus.