Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
John 8:31-32 (King James Version)
When Jesus came to earth as a man, His purpose was to die on the cross for the sins of all humanity, both past, present, and future. Now since Christ has done this, what is left to do? Those of us who hear this Gospel of Salvation in Christ must make a choice: Do we accept Jesus’ sacrifice or do we take our chances and try to be right with God by some other method?
Jesus Himself has told us that He is the only way to life; all other means are only dead ends. So if we choose to believe in Christ and accept Him as our Lord and Savior, now what; is that all we have to do? Trusting in Jesus is only the first step towards the direction which God the Father wants us to go.
When man was formed from the dust of the ground, his purpose was to bear God’s image on earth. Essentially, what that means is we were made to reflect the greatness of the Almighty. Unfortunately, when we decided to sin, that image of God that is in us became vandalized. The entire Bible is about God cleaning up the sinful graffiti that we placed on ourselves.
Jesus’ arrival, death, and resurrection marks the completion of the Father’s clean up on humanity. Once we accept that only in Christ do we have salvation, the process of keeping the filth of sin from us begins. It is not enough to be a believer in Christ. We must also be His disciples.
What is the difference between being a believer and a disciple? Believing in something is a passive exercise and does not require any physical exertion from the one doing it. Being a disciple is an active process where we strive to be like the one whom we are learning from.
Those who put their faith in Christ are called to be like their Savior in every aspect of their lives. This is something that can’t be done passively. It requires an active and frequent exercise of our faith through discipleship. What is the proof that we are Jesus’ disciples?
In John 8:31-32, Jesus tells us that when we follow His teachings faithfully, not turning to the left or the right, we show to the world that we are His disciples. When we live out our faith as disciples, we also demonstrate our belief in Christ to the whole world. Making us, once again, a reflection of God’s greatness on the earth.
If you believe in the Lord Jesus, it is time for you to prove it. The discipleship process is no easy task, for it requires a great deal of sacrifice on your end. However, the benefits far outweigh the cost. When you live out your faith, you fulfill your God-given purpose and that is truly satisfying to the soul.