Today as we follow the Apostle Paul on his 2nd missionary journey we are reminded of the importance of not only leading people to faith in Christ but also “strengthening the believers” to be true disciples. Christ did not send his apostles out to make “decisions” but to make “disciples”. What are some key characteristics of a true disciple of Christ? There are many. But because of limited space I will list three here.
- A disciple embraces and obeys Jesus teachings.
“Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.” John 8:31
The New Living Translation – Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32)
- The mark of a disciple of Christ is love.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35
- A true disciple of Jesus has spiritual fruit.
“By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.” John 15:8, NKJV.
And what should that “fruit” look like?
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.” Galatians 5:22-26, NKJV.
May God fill you with His Spirit and bring forth much fruit,