D is for Disciple

Posted by Leigh on April 4, 2012 in A to Z Challenge, Jesus |

Yesterdays post on C-Christian naturally segues into D for Disciple. 

That’s what the followers of Jesus were called, no, not just the top 12, but all of the followers.  The top 12 were the apostles (hey I didn’t know the difference either until I got me some learning). By definition a disciple is

a. One who embraces and assists in spreading the teachings of another.

Andy Stanely points out something very interesting.  The word Christian is not defined in scripture, therefore it leads to a wide and varied definition.  Disciple is clearly defined and no where does it say anything about judging those who do not believe.   We (church people) get it wrong over and over and over.  And it breaks my heart because I was a “judged person” before I was a “church person”.
I have made some major mistakes.  Big.  HUGE.  And for a long time, because of what I thought about faith and Christians, I believed I could never be accepted by God.  It was what I belived.  Did you know you can form a belief with very little knowledge?
Fortunately in the last 5 years people came into my life and all they did was love me and explain the hard things, dispel the misinformation, and answer the multitude of questions I had.  Just like Jesus did throughout the Bible.  They were disciples.  Never once did I feel judged or made to feel less than. The part of me that I tried to fill with various things, that always emptied faster than I could fill it, it just happened to be a God-shaped hole that only He could fill. 
And that’s what I want to do. Not brow beat someone, or judge someone, or persecute, or hate on.  The world has gotten the message of Jesus so messed up and warped. 
The enemy is not and has never been other people. 
And all I will do is tell anyone what God has done in my life, if they want to know.  And let my life and my actions speak louder than my words. 
11 They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony;  they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.   Revelation 12:11 (NIV)



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