What does it take to be a true disciple? And why do many who state they are christians never call themselves or see themselves as disciples? How many times have you heard some say; I am a disciple of Jesus Christ? Many call themselves Bishop, Pastor, Prophet and other things, but never a disciple. Why? Isn't a true follower of Christ a disciple?
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PandN- True disciple of Jesus Christ are the ekklesia and as such, they are, as you mentioned, citizen of His Kingdom. The pew-warmer disciples seek church of men. In all cases we need to be careful about "what" is the desire of our hearts. Thank you
i cant agree that wishing for anyone to receive everything they desire. Scripture says He will provide all our needs not desire. Many have been destroyed because they got their "desires" which were not of God.
lone77star- I agree that most are not rue disciples, however, I don't no where "wishing" fits here. And a agree with celafoe regarding his comment on desire. And why turn the other cheek if you already got what you wished for. Thanks
Well, I tend to agree that God would not grant us every desire we might capriciously have, but there is this: Psalms 37:4 Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
When we are "in the Lord," our desires are His desires.
Planks, that sounds very nice, but excuse me if I happen to notice that, despite my agreement that God's will is perfect, God has given me a soul that, on occasion, has an independent desire. Just the other day I had the urge to eat dark chocolate.
We must be careful with regards to the desires of the heart. The things which we desire is what seperates the citizens of the Kingdom of God and pew-warmers of churches.
connorj- Thank you for your answer and insight. I do believe we should be as much like Jesus was/is as possible. True discipleship does require that we give up on all worldly things as we should seek the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness. Thanks.