What does it truly mean to be a disciple?
Have the conditions of being a disciple of Jesus Christ changed in the last two millennia?
Is it even possible to be a true disciple in the twenty-first century?
In this article, we will explore the meaning of discipleship and explore why it is not only vital but imperative for a true disciple of Jesus Christ to pause and ask themselves, "What Would Jesus Do?" before making any decision.
In the early nineties, a friend gave me a copy of a book entitled "In His Steps: What Would Jesus Do?". In the past 30 odd years, I have read it five or six times. Every time I read it, it changes my life for the better.
The book is a Christian novel by Charles M. Sheldon. Set in the small town of Raymond, it explores the lives of individuals who are challenged to live according to Jesus' teachings. Inspired by a thought-provoking sermon by Reverend Henry Maxwell, the characters embark on a journey to align their actions with the question, "What Would Jesus Do?" As they face personal struggles and make choices guided by their commitment to emulate Christ, the book prompts readers to examine their own lives and challenges them to live out their faith authentically. Through its compelling narrative, "In His Steps" invites us to consider how our decisions can reflect Jesus' teachings and inspire transformative change in ourselves and others.
A disciple is more than a mere follower; it is one who not only accepts Jesus as their Lord and Savior but also commits to living a life that emulates His teachings and walks in His footsteps. Just as the early disciples devoted themselves to learning from Jesus, we too are called to a lifelong journey of growing in faith and embodying His love, compassion, and grace.
As disciples, it is essential to seek divine guidance in all aspects of our lives. The question, "What Would Jesus Do?" prompts us to pause and examine whether our choices are aligned with His teachings. By seeking His guidance, we open ourselves to the wisdom and discernment that can lead us on the path of righteousness and purpose.
Living as a true disciple means surrendering our wills to God and allowing His transformative power to shape our lives. It means reflecting Jesus' character in our thoughts, actions, and relationships. Through prayer, study of Scripture, and fellowship with other believers, we deepen our understanding of what it means to be a disciple and gain insight into the path we must follow.
I want to encourage you to pray for His Divine guidance as we prepare for our upcoming six-part sermon series titled "In His Steps: What Would Jesus Do?" During this series, we will explore, in detail, what it should look like for a Christian to live as a true disciple of Jesus Christ. Each sermon will tackle important aspects of discipleship, such as embracing Christ-like living, seeking divine guidance, aligning our priorities, cultivating compassion, demonstrating sacrificial love, and ultimately, following Jesus as our ultimate model.
As we embark on this journey of discipleship, we must continuously ask ourselves, "What Would Jesus Do?" before making decisions that impact our lives and the lives of those around us. By aligning our thoughts and actions with His teachings, we walk the path of true discipleship.
We invite you to join us on this journey as we explore the series "In His Steps: What Would Jesus Do?" together. Let us strive to live as faithful disciples, spreading His love and grace to a world in need.
Should you desire to read the book (or listen to the audio book), I have included a few links below:
Grace and Peace,
Pastor Charley Munro