Three Things a Disciple Must Do

    10.23.18 | Discipleship by Don Stubbs

    Three Things A Disciple Must Do

     

    2 Timothy 2:10 Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.

     

    1. A disciple must endure anything for the sake of seeing people come to Christ

     

    Paul is willing to "endure" whatever he has to for the sake of saving souls, and he would suffer in any way necessary for those who would come to faith in Christ. Like Paul we must stay focused on making disciples, and that starts with bringing someone to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. As Paul considered himself a servant to the elect, (those who are saved, and those who will be saved), so a disciple must also consider him/her self a servant to the elect, and to endure any and everything for that calling.

     

    2 Timothy 2:10 Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.

     

     

    Titus 1:1 Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God's elect and their knowledge of the truth" (Titus 1:1).

     

    2. A disciple must not get entangled in civilian pursuits

     

    So often the world with all of its pursuits entangles our hearts. We can find ourselves so caught up with things that have no real profit for eternity that we have no time to do the things that we are called to, those things that have both value for now and eternity.  We, as disciples, must keep our eyes and our hearts fixed on Jesus Christ and His kingdom. No other focus is worthy of the Gospel to which we have been called.

     

    2 Timothy 2:4 No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him

     

    3. A disciple must be focus on the goal

     

    Paul stated in Colossians that his goal was to present everyone mature in Christ.

    Colossians 1:28 He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with  all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ.

     

    As disciples we endure to this end, and with so much work to do, we have no time to focus on things that have no eternal worth. We cannot allow ourselves to work for the things of the world when the things of God are better by far.

     

    Now I’m not saying that we stop doing those things that are necessary to live, such as working, building relationships with friends, going on vacation. But I’m saying when you do those things, are you seeing the eternal opportunities that God may give you in the mist of all those things? And are you also making sure that those things are part of your bigger focus of building God’s kingdom. Even a vacation can be used to help you be a better disciple. You can use it for much needed rest, or a way to help your kids learn about the world, and how God has called us to share the Gospel with all people.

     

    So in all things keep your eyes and heart fixed on Jesus, and never forget your call as a disciple is to make disciples and build God’s kingdom.