“Go, therefore, and make disciples…” (Matthew 28:19)
Notice that Jesus didn’t say to make Christians and then the ones who had perfect attendance and always kept their moral ducks in a row could take classes to become smarter Christians. He said to make disciples.
What we want you to understand is this:
You are a disciple.
This is your identity.
Once you recognize this fact, it changes everything. If you are truly a Christian, the question is not whether or not you will also be a disciple. You can’t make that decision any more than you can decide whether or not you’ll be a person today. You are a human. In Jesus, you are a disciple. The question is whether or not you’ll grow in maturity.
So if you are a disciple, then discipleship isn’t a spiritual add-on to your life.
The Christian life is discipleship.
And discipleship isn’t complicated.
It all starts with simply recognizing that Jesus has given you a new identity. Once you know who you are, it starts to change the way you think and what you do.
We’ll look more at discipleship in the weeks ahead, but for now, let that simple but life-changing reality sink in: You are a disciple. Remind yourself now and over the next few days: “I am a disciple of Jesus.”