The Long and Winding Road
I read a quote recently that was attributed to Friedrich Nietzsche. He said that discipleship was "*a long obedience in the same direction*." I think that is the best summary of discipleship I have ever seen or heard.
After I read that, I thought of these passages from Scripture. The first is: John 8:31-32
"So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, 'if you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.'"
Certainly a key component of discipleship is studying, and knowing, the Word of God. It is the Scripture that reveals God to us. It is the Scripture that instructs us what a disciple is and what is required from one who claims to a follower of Jesus.
Another passage is found in: John 15:4
"Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in me, neither can you, unless you abide in me."
One who is a disciple must be intimately connected to the Savior. We must be connected to Christ in every part of our lives. We can't just give what is convenient. We must make whatever sacrifice necessary to "abide in him."
Finally, Paul tells us what the lifestyle of a true disciple must be. Hemwrites in 1 Corinthians 11:1:
"Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ."
Being a disciple of Jesus won't always be easy. The way of following him will have many twists and turns. However, by staying in his Word, abiding in him, and following him, we can be disciples that bring glory and honor to him.
We must travel "The Long and Winding Road" in our path to disciple. Let's start walking!