A Dozen Good Reasons for Becoming a Disciple
An oldie but goodie by Stuart Dauermann, former staff member of Jews for Jesus, now messianic rabbi of Ahavat Zion in Beverly Hills Synagogue.
Not only were the Messiah’s contemporaries on earth His disciples; we, too, ought to be His disciples, for a disciple is more or less a learner. The Greek word mathetes means taught or trained one.” Yeshua called us all to be His disciples when He said: Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me…” (Matthew 11:28, 29a—italics ours). “learn of Me” is better translated “learn from Me”; in other words, “become My disciple.” Let’s take a look at three chapters in John’s gospel where we can find at least a dozen good reasons to accept the responsibility of becoming disciples of the Messiah. For brevity’s sake in the chart, the Bible texts are condensed but we recommend that the entire passages be studied.
|1. Find out what Jesus was like in order to become more like Him.||If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you…a servant is not greater than his master, nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them. (John 13:14-17)|
|2. Increase our knowledge of the credentials of the Scriptures and of Yeshua.||I do not speak concerning all of you. I know whom I have chosen; but that the Scripture may be fulfilled…Now I tell you before it comes, that when it does come to pass, you may believe that I am He. (John 13:18-19; See also John 14:29)|
|3. Learn what and the how of becoming more loving.||A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. (John 13:34-35; See also John 17:25-26)|
|4. Increase our understanding of our new status and destiny as children of God.||Let your heart not be troubled…In My Father’s house are many mansions…I go and prepare a place for you. I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. (John 14:1-3)|
|5. Increase our understanding of who God is and what He is like.||Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. If you had known Me, you would have known my Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.…He who has seen Me has seen the Father…The words that I speak…I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works.” (John 14:6-10)|
|6. Discover the ways and means of supernatural living so that in our daily lives we may experience and express the difference that God makes.||Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. (John 14:12)|
|7. Present opportunities for answered prayer by making our requests known to God.||And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. (John 14:13-14)|
|8. Develop an understanding of the way in which God wants us to live, that we might obey Him and have more intimate fellowship with Him.||If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray to the Father and He will give you another Helper…the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive…but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you…I will come to you. A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also. At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you…he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him. (John 14:15-21; See also John 14:23-24)|
|9. Live spiritually fruitful lives.||I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. (John 15:1,4,5; See also John 15:16)|
|10. Increase our joy.||These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. (John 15:11)|
|11. Be prepared to recognize and deal with hindrances to our spiritual lives.||If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you…If they persecute Me, they will also persecute you…But when the Helper comes…He will testify of Me. And you also will bear witness…These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble. (John 15:18-16:1)|
|12. Increase our peace.||These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)|