The Meaning of Discipleship

The Meaning of Discipleship

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The Meaning of Discipleship

In this essay I am going to talk about the meaning of discipleship for
the first disciples. It is said that the word disciple means someone
who follows a holy person.

Jesus was walking along lake Galilee when he saw two fishermen and
said, "Come with me, and I will teach you to catch people". They
immediately put down there fish net's and followed Jesus, this shows
that they had complete faith in Jesus. They walked further up the lake
and saw two more fishermen who were in a boat. "As soon as Jesus saw
them, he called them", as soon as they heard Jesus they left there
father who was also in the boat and followed Jesus. This shows us that
they were willing to give up everything for someone who they knew they
could trust in. They abandoned their families, homes and possessions
for a man who they had never met before. It is quite clear that this
idea of discipleship for the first four disciples is very important
and that Jesus was planning on building his faith in them and that he
wanted them to spread the word around to the people. It appeared that
Jesus had some sort of authority, which caused the men to respond
immediately.

Being a Christian involves total commitment; the first disciples show
this amount of commitment. The first four disciples gave up everything
just for Jesus. I think that Christians today would find it difficult
to follow all of Jesus' teachings. Although there are many people like
nuns and priests who give up everything and put all their faith in
God.

The fishermen possessed the greatest quality of all, which is faith.
The word faith is described as 1. Trust 2. Belief (without proof) and
3. Loyalty in Collins dictionary. These were the qualities that were
important to Jesus while he was choosing his disciples. These
quality's are important for Christian discipleship because if you
cannot trust or believe what you are taught, there is no reason for

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you being taught it. You also have to have faith in who is teaching
you or you will not believe what they are teaching you and you will
not learn it.

Blind Bartimaeus knew that Jesus could heal him because Bartimaeus had
faith in Jesus. Bartimaeus recognised Jesus as the Son Of David
because The Old Testament tells us that the messiah would be the
descendant of King David. Jesus was indeed a Descendant of David.

The Parable Of The Sower. The Sower represents Jesus, who has come to
bring the message of God to Earth. It is his task to bring God's
Kingdom to people, and is the Sowers task to spread his seeds among
the soil. Seeds 2-3 are Christians who lose faith in God because they
may not be able to give up things, which they thought they could, or
for example, someone has died. These type of Christians believe that
God will protect everyone from the elements, but when they find that ,
that is not his job they do not see the point in having faith in God.
Seeds 4 realised the real meaning of God and having faith in God.
These Christians spread the word and teach other people. These are
also the people who give up everything. Seeds 2-3 can be compared to
the story of the Widows Offering, seeds2 and 3 are compared to the
Rich man who puts a large amount of money into the collection box
whereas seeds 4 who is compared to the old widow, puts all that she
has in the collection. It is clear that seeds 4 are offering more
because they are giving all they have got.

The Rich Man story states that in some cases some people will find it
impossible to join the Kingdom Of God because of everything they have
to give up. Jesus says to the disciples that it is harder for some
people to give up everything. What the Rich Man does not understand is
that he will inherit so much more if he is in the Kingdom Of God.

The Rich Man could not put God as number one priority; it was obvious
that his number one priority was to stay wealthy. This is where most
Christians find that they do not posses enough faith. The Rich Man
cannot enter the Kingdom Of God until he gives up everything and puts
his complete faith in God. This story can be compared to the Parable
Of The Sower. In the Parable Of The Sower, the seed, which fell among
the thorns, grew, but was choked by the thorns. Jesus compared this to
the people who hear the message, accept it, but soon "The worries
about this life, the love for riches, and all other kinds of desires
crowd in and choke the message". This is what happened to the rich
man, he heard the message of the Kingdom and really wanted eternal
life, but his love for riches had grown so great that it choked his
faith. If Christians in the modern world want to follow God they have
to give up everything. You have to put God as your number one
priority. This means not caring about your money and what other people
think of you.

Children were brought to Jesus because they were to be blessed. But
the disciples stopped the people who brought the children. Jesus was
angry at the disciples. He asked them to "Let the children come to me,
and do not

stop them because the Kingdom Of God belongs to such of these". Jesus
then blessed the children. The disciples lacked humility. The
disciples thought they were better than anyone else because Jesus
chose them. The disciples were not supposed to put themselves first.
The disciples had obviously not acquired childlike qualities. Meaning
that they had to be more open, children do not think highly of
themselves as adults and they had to accept others more readily.
Children are also more trusting than adults. They have trust in their
parents and rely on them totally. This also sets an example for people
who want to be Christians. Christians have to place trust in God.
Finally, children are pure in spirit, because they have not
experienced a great deal of life. But also adults also need to be
pure, if they are to enter God's Kingdom. So childlike qualities
should be and example for all Christians if they want to follow Jesus.

The following account is based on James and John, when they thought
Jesus would sit on the throne at Palestine. Most Jews thought the
Messiah would sit on the throne once he had defeated the Romans. But
Jesus saw the Kingdom in terms of suffering and told them to be
prepared to suffer like him. "You don't know what you are asking for.
Can you drink the cup of suffering that I must drink? Can you be
baptised in the way I must be baptised?" (10:38).

Jesus often used a cup to represent suffering. Baptism also represents
suffering. When someone is baptised they give up an old way of life,
to start another. Jesus corrects the disciples about greatness. Jesus
says to the disciples that if you want to be the first to the Kingdom
Of God you have to be a "Servant To All".

In this account Jesus showed his power over the forces of nature. He
calmed a storm. Jesus and the disciples set sail in a boat. During
their travels a storm occurred. Waves blew over into the boat while
Jesus was asleep. The disciples in disbelief saw Jesus still asleep.
They woke Jesus and said to him, "Teacher, do you not care that we are
about to die". Jesus then stood and called for the storm to stop. It
stopped and Jesus answered,

"Why are you frightened, do you have no faith?".
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