What a Study of Mark's Gospel can Tell Christians About the Nature of Discipleship
In Mark's Gospel, the true nature of Discipleship to Christians was
giving all that they have in the service of God and of other people.
Also giving time and money to help others and requires total
commitment. It was important in Mark's Gospel because Christians were
being persecuted for their beliefs in Jesus. True Christian
Discipleship means being prepared to accept this suffering even if it
leads to death.
Christian discipleship was reached out to anyone. In mark's Gospel,
Discipleship may mean leaving everything behind to follow the
Christian way of life. In Mk 1-16-20 Jesus calls four fishermen by the
lake. He said,
'Come follow me, and I will make you fishers of men'. They dropped
everything and left immeadiately with Jesus. This here is effective
because they left without any explanation and just left they were
doing behind. Jesus called these people to be his Disciples. They were
different from the people in Mark's community because they either had
problems, were bad or of low-class. Discipleship is the willingness to
be dependant on God; to trust that he will provide through others.
This teaches Christians today that Jesus has a call for everyone.
Individual people have their own specialty, own uniqueness, which
Jesus favors most. Everybody is accepted. God's call is more important
than anything else. Discipleship requires a total commitment, whatever
occupation you are doing, you are required to turn your back on
personal wishes and commit yourself to God regardless of the cost.
Jesus knew that his work for God would lead to suffering and Death.
His disciples had to be prepared to suffer for their beliefs and
Discipleship. Mk 8:34-8 Jesus tells his disciples that the cost of
Discipleship means to deny self, to take up cross and to follow him.
This here is the true Nature of Discipleship because is the base of
Discipleship. You have to go through these challenges if you want to
be a true Disciple of God.
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