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“When Christ our God commands us to “provide neither gold nor silver,” etc. (Matthew 10:9), He uses a verb that implies possession, but with a lack of complete control. The Lord’s meaning is that we disciples should not invest our foremost life energy in guaranteeing ourselves a supply of money and material goods. If we seek to amass a strong cash reserve, it requires us to abandon our primary task as disciples. The Lord’s point is very simple: we cannot focus on two opposing life tasks. Our lives are dedicated to proclaiming His kingdom, whatever our work may be.” (Dynamis 6/23/2020)


“Anyone who is considering ordained ministry, lay leadership, or active participation in the Church must give the Lord first place in his heart. To become disciples, we must be certain of the urgency of the work to which the Lord calls us.” (OCPM 8/22/2017)


“Many times God shows up without any help from us. Yet He has also called us to be about the business of making disciples, which means showing (not just telling) them how to trust Jesus, live for God, and participate in the Spirit’s work. People want to meet God, so let’s make sure we’re helping not hindering.” (David Kinnaman)


“ ‘Sell all you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have riches in heaven; then come and follow me’ (Luke 18:22)…it was not Christ's intention that we should all renounce our property, nor did he mean to tear up the roots of society as we know it, and to propose a new social order of any kind…although Jesus knew of the dangers and temptations of material possessions, He did not ask everyone who wished to be a disciple to entirely renounce their earthly goods…we know that neither Joseph of Arimathea nor Nicodemus, both men of considerable substance, were told to sell all and to give to the poor. It is clear in the witness of the Gospels, therefore, that although Jesus knew of the dangers and temptations of material possessions, He did not ask everyone who wished to be a disciple to entirely renounce their earthly goods…each one of us is called to personal assessment. If God becomes our all, then we live more simply, ask more questions about accumulating possessions, and are more conscious of the needy. It is not so much a question of surrendering things; that just creates a feeling of emptiness. Rather it is a question of acquiring a spiritual treasure in our hearts that does not leave room for the endless acquisition of earthly goods.” (Fr. Andrew Demotses)


“Being a disciple of Christ calls for total commitment.” (Life Application Study Bible, Acts 14:18-20)


“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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