Any image, no matter what kind, is simply a rendition of the original. The copy must follow the impression made by the master. In unlocking the pattern of making a True Disciple, a close and detailed study of Jesus, the master, must be considered.
Discipleship is an important charge, carrying a great responsibility. When entering the task of preparing another as a disciple, heed should be taken. Careand cautionplay a big part in the equation. In both instances, whether one serves as instructor or student, as Jesus said, one must above all, consider the cost.
Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Wont you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? (Luke 14:28 NIV)
Rather than being an event that one arrives at, Discipleship is more of a journey that is traveled over the course of ones life. Each step is part of a process by which we adapt, learning to grow more Christ-like along the way. We take His yoke and learn from Him, just as the men who became His Apostles did. The cost necessary involves not only a loving devotion to Jesus, but to do so from a willing and obedient heart. The Jesus Command, the command to love one another as He loved us, creates a new beginning for everyone that accepts it.
Matthew Milam II, a Chicago native, is an Ordained Minister, Deacon, and Biblical Teacher serving on the pastoral staff of South Side Gospel Church. He's also the founder of Hands of God Ministries. His book, The Jesus Command, takes a fresh look at the command of Jesus as the underlying basis for Discipleship, and the starting point for Christian living.