Being a Disciple
By Lois Parker Edstrom
Piano music, woodworker’s tools, pictures of sea life.
If you want to learn something new, what would be the best way to go about doing that? Finding a good teacher is very helpful.
Perhaps you want to learn to play the piano. Wouldn’t you want to spend time with the best teacher you could find? You would watch your teacher play the piano, listen to instructions, hear what the music sounds like, and then try to duplicate what you have seen and heard.
Maybe you would like to learn how to build things. You would find a woodworker who could teach you how to use various tools, how to work with wood, how to follow instructions and design beautiful objects.
If you are interested in sea life you would try to find a marine biologist, spend time with that person at the beach, listen and learn to identify sea creatures, and read books about this interesting subject.
When you study and spend time with someone who is helping you learn a new skill you are called an apprentice or a disciple.
Jesus spoke with the men who were his followers and told them, “Go, and make disciples of all nations…” (28:19). He tells his followers to carry on his work and help others learn about God’s love.
This invitation is extended to us as well. We can all be disciples of Jesus, learning how to receive God’s love and how to offer God’s love to others.
Scripture quotations from the World English Bible
Copyright 2008, Richard Niell Donovan