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Read the introduction to the series here.
Read Part 1 - Who is called to be a Missionary?

In yesterday’s post on just who is called to be a missionary (hint: it may be you), I opened with a conversation between Jesus and His disciples. I think, in our journey to understand our call to be missionaries -- or, as I like to call them, believers, and our need to share the gospel as we are going (Matt 28: 19-20), we must  first understand the relationship God intended for us to have with Him. Thankfully, He gave us a really great example of this in the relationship between Jesus and His disciples.

The word sounds so Holy, doesn’t it?

Until you read how they got started and realize that most of these guys were some seriously smelly fishermen.  (Matt 4:18-22)

In talking about what it means to be a disciple of Christ, I’m tempted to just quote straight from the book Multiply by Francis Chan, which I’m obsessed with! If you haven’t read it yet, DO! It’s a book that speaks scriptural truths that both convict and encourage. And it's all about making disciples. Good good goodness.

We should probably start with the question,“What does it mean to be a disciple?”

As Chan puts it, “you’ll discover the answer is very simple, but it changes your life completely.”

A disciple is a student. The kind that follows you around wherever you go, with the intent of becoming like their teacher.

What I love about the disciples is that when Jesus said, “Follow Me,” they did just that. They literally started following Jesus. Everywhere He went.

Like, literally.

When you spend that much time following someone and learning from them and training to be like them, change is inevitable. You WILL become like them.

For instance, I tend to adopt a new accent everytime I travel or move somewhere new. Trust me, I did not sound this country before I moved to Alabama. I had a much hipper “beach girl” accent going on. Ok, I agree this example is a bit of a stretch, but you get what I’m saying.

If you’re married, you might notice that you and your spouse use some of the same “sayings” or expressions, some people may even say you're starting to look alike.  This is what was happening to the disciples. They were picking up his character traits and beginning to see humanity the way He does. It’s the natural progression of things.

“Yet, somehow many have come to believe that a person can be a  ‘Christian’ without being like Christ. A ‘follower’ who doesn’t follow. How does that make sense?” - Multiply, Chan.

It really doesn’t, does it?

“This would be like Jesus walking up to those first disciples and saying, ‘Hey would you guys mind identifying yourselves with Me in some way? Don’t worry, I don’t actually care if you do anything I do or change your lifestyle at all. I’m just looking for people who are willing to say they believe in Me and call themselves Christians.’” - Mutliply, Chan.

Did any of you laugh at that last statement? I did! It sounds ludaris! Yet, if we’re really honest with ourselves, we might find that this funny little idea paints a pretty close picture of our life with Christ.

Up to this point in your life, would you call yourself a follower of Jesus Christ? (question from Multiply)

As followers of Christ, we MUST live our "life. on a mission" to share the love and truth of the gospel! It would be contradictory for us to not to!

Lord, I don't want to waste another day living for myself. Deep down, I really do want to follow hard after You. Yet, more often than not, my actions scream the opposite. Never stop pursuing me Jesus. I don't deserve the chance to try again, but Your redemption covers me. You're such a loving God. Life, under our own leading could never compare to a life following after You. I'm done being a Christian by name alone. I choose to be a follower.

Join the conversation! What are your thoughts about what it means to be a follower of Jesus? How would it change your life to be a literal follower of Christ like the disciples were? Would your world look different than it does? How can we do this today? I’d love to hear from you.

Have you encountered Christ in a personal way? If not, I'd love to talk to you more about that. Email me at thewilliamspost{at}gmail{dot}com