God wants us to walk in the full rights of sonship as His children. This means that we’re walking in the authority and responsibility that comes with it. To get to that point, we must undergo the process of discipleship. What does that mean?
At one point in His ministry, Jesus was speaking to a crowd about why He came to the earth.
Even as he spoke, many put their faith in him.
This was a good response. There were believers sprinkled through the crowd, listening to His every word. They were the ones that the Lord was focusing on as He continued.
To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Talking specifically to those that believed, He explained that faith is not the goal. It’s merely the beginning of the journey.
Here in America we’ve gone through the “Faith Movement”. Regardless of how you feel about it, this movement changed the entire face of the church. But there’s still more that God wants to do in us.
What comes next is that little word that changes everything. IF! Its conditional – “If you live, remain, dwell in my Word…”
The next step after faith is to live in God’s Word. Its living in the Word that makes you a disciple. There’s a difference in Scripture between believers and disciples.
When you accept Christ as your Lord and Savior, you become a believer. The Holy Spirit takes up residence in you and you’re on your way to heaven. Becoming a disciple is a whole other choice.
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.”
This is the result of discipleship. Once we know the truth – by remaining in His Word – we are set free from sin by that Word.
This is the foundation for all that we do in Christ. It’s by the Word that the power of God is manifest in us. What I’m talking about is the Word you hear as you’re intimate with Christ.
That’s how Jesus operated. By remaining in the Father’s Word, He had 100% results. The Lord could heal, walk on water, calm a storm, raise the dead, or feed five thousand. All this because He remained in the Word He heard from the Father.
Question: What will it take for us to walk in this level of discipleship?
© Nick Zaccardi 2014