• Michael Haldas

Discipleship


“As Jesus said to His disciples, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). So we should be able to say, “When you have seen me, you have seen Jesus.” This is a tall order, but it should be our desire and goal as Christians." (Father David L. Fontes, PsyD)

“Worries of this life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for things plagued first-century disciples just as they do us today. How easy it is for our daily routines to become overcrowded. A life packed with materialistic pursuits....leaves us unfruitful for Him…Being His disciple means putting aside selfish desires, shouldering one’s “cross” every day, and following Him. It is simple and yet so demanding.” (Life Application Study Bible, Mark 4:19, Luke 9:23)

“Nondiscipleship costs abiding peace, a life penetrated throughout by love, faith that sees everything in the light of God’s overriding governance for good, hopefulness that stands firm in the most discouraging of circumstances, power to do what is right and withstand the forces of evil. In short, it costs exactly that abundance of life Jesus said he came to bring.” (Dallas

Willard)

“We must learn to walk the tightrope of living for God in the context of the postmodern culture. By striking the proper balance we are—by God’s grace—living in obedience in the culture, and modeling true, biblical discipleship for all those who come to faith.” (Walt Mueller)

“Like the disciples, we are not to be sheeplike in our attitude but sensible and prudent. We are not to be gullible pawns, but neither are we to be deceitful connivers. We must find a balance between wisdom and vulnerability to accomplish God’s work.” (Life Application Study Bible, Matthew 10:16)

“A disciple of Christ must follow Him. This means that in all deeds and actions we must try to be like our Lord Jesus Christ in His virtues. We must strive to live and act as He lived and acted. For example, Jesus Christ always thanked His Heavenly Father and constantly prayed to Him. Thus we also should constantly thank God and pray to Him in all circumstances, whether successful or difficult." (St. Innocent of Alaska)

“God expects each disciple to endure and be faithful in this life. Our first task as Christians is not to acquire an education, get a job, or tend a business. Nor is it instructing our children in the faith, nor teaching them how to love the Lord. Before any of these worthy goals, we must tend our own soul by seeking purity, living uprightly, and pleasing God in word and deed.” (Dynamis 3/14/2015)

“...those desiring guidance and support in the way of Christ and the Holy Spirit will find and receive it. The sayings, “When the disciple is ready, the master appears,” and “The elder’s mouth is opened by the seeker’s insistence,” are...convictions, based on the Lord’s promises, that have proven true in the lives of countless people.” (Father Thomas Hopko)

“Two issues face us when we seek to conform to the will of God. The first is discernment, the second willingness. Our first task then as disciples is to be spiritual so that we may more readily judge the will of God aright in every circumstance…In order to become a disciple – a beginner in the life in Christ – we must first be “converted” to humility. Unless Christ-like humility is our goal, we cannot even begin to approach the kingdom of heaven.” (Dynamis 8/4/2015, 5/25/2015)

“Real discipleship implies real commitment—pledging our whole existence to His service.” (Life Application Study Bible, Matthew 16:25)

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