For our Bible study this week, we covered Lesson 9, “Knowing our Designation.” This lesson delved into two aspects of our designation: being disciples and believers.
Here, I would like to touch upon the two characteristics of what it means to be a disciple:
- Those who follow Christ
- Those who learn of Christ
Matthew 4:19-20 says,
“And He said to them, Come after Me, and I will make you fishers of men. And immediately leaving the nets, they followed Him.”
In this verse, Jesus comes up to two fishermen, Andrew and Peter, and calls for them to follow Him. What impressed me about these verses was how fast Peter and Andrew dropped everything to follow the Lord. They immediately left their nets and followed him. There was something of Jesus that attracted them, something so enticing that it even willed them to leave their professions behind. They were drawn to His Person—the divinity expressed through His humanity! Peter and Andrew experienced Him as the true attractive one.
As a disciple it is not a small thing to follow the Lord—you may need to leave the things of this world behind, just like Andrew and Peter did—but the reward is so wonderful. In following Him, we may have to leave behind things we hold dear, but we will be rewarded with His Presence.
Ephesians 4:20-21 says,
“But you did not so learn Christ, If indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him as the reality is in Jesus.”
Once you follow the Lord, He is faithful to reveal His Person to you. The Lord Jesus is a living Person with a personality, and because He is inside of you, you have the opportunity to learn Christ! This can be done by spending time with Him. When you spend time with the Lord, you need to take time to behold His face, to really look at Him. This allows you to have many conversations with Him, and as you linger in His presence He gives you deeper insight into who He is and what He wants for you.
In doing this, we will be able to experience Him as the reality! It is amazing to see how sweet it is to be a disciple of Jesus. We can take joy in knowing that when we follow Him, we are getting to know His Person!