Defining Discipleship

“And Jesus came and spake unto them saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and on earth. Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost…” Matthew 28:18-20. The NKJV and most new translations say to go and “make disciples” of all nations. A disciple is one who follows the teaching, the training and the mode of life of another. In our case it’s Jesus. A disciple is a disciplined one. Discipline is defined as doing what needs to be done when it ought to be done whether you like it or not. Today, Christians do what they want, when they want, the way they want. .Jesus said to those Jews which believed on Him, “If you continue in my word, then you are My disciples indeed; And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:31-32. In Matthew 10:24-25 Jesus said, “The disciple is not above his master, not the servant above his lord. It is enough for the disciple to be as his master, and the servant as his lord.” So according to Jesus and the Scriptures, what Christians should be are a bunch of Jesus Christs going around showing this world what God is all about.
We are not little christs but exact representations of Jesus Christ himself. We are anointed ones with His anointing. John 20:21 says, “Then said to Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you; as my Father sent me, even so send I you.” In John 17:20 Jesus said, “And the glory which you gave Me I have given them; that they may be one even as we areS one:” The latter part of 1 John 4:17 says, “as He is so are we in this world.” God’s intention has been and always will be duplication of Himself. God is spirit and so are we. We need to stop seeing ourselves in the natural and stop separating ourselves from God because through the New Birth we are now one spirit with Him. 1 Corinthians 6:17. We are no less sons of God than Jesus is the Son of God. We have His life, His strength, His love, and His power. We are “joint heirs” with Him as Romans 8:17 says. So what’s the problem?
The church of Jesus Christ has left the call to discipleship. Jesus said in Matthew 16:24, “Then said Jesus unto His disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.” Luke 14:26, “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:33, “So likewise, whosoever he be of you, that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.” When was the last time you heard these scriptures taught on in church? Today the gospel of self-help and all about me have taken the place of forsake all and deny self. Jesus warned of lukewarm, status quo, self-satisfied church in Laodicea in Revelation that He would spue them out of His mouth if they did not open their eyes to their true spiritual condition. Jesus said in John 8:12, “I am the light of the world, he that followeth after me shall not walk in darkness.” Then in Matthew 5:14 He said that “ye are the light of the world.”
Our first and highest priority is to make disciples. Every Christian should be mentoring at least one other person unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. Ephesians 4:13. In John 1:16 it says, “And of His fullness have we all received and grace for grace.” Telling people about Jesus is not discipleship. Inviting people to church is not discipleship. Investing your time and life into one person because you see them as God sees them, as valuable and precious is discipleship.