The Christian life commences as we recognise and acknowledge that Jesus Christ is the Lord, of life and of death, and that now ascended He rules over the world—the whole creation – with the Father, together with the Spirit of God—the Holy Spirit.
Christians find their lives changing as they follow Jesus, the Christ. They even begin to tighten, and discipline, rethink and refocus their actions, to be more like his ways:
- They begin to marvel and respond to the Lordship of Christ
- They want to follow him, and to do his will in our lives.
- They follow the Master of Life and Death,
- They like Being with the Friend and the Justifier of foolish ones, Jesus
- They thank the one praying for forgiveness to count for us who are sinners
- They talk to Jesus about their life, and seek his ways.
This is called Discipleship. It is not a slack following, but often a costly one. It is not a heavy deal, but delightful one, as the Spirit continues to surprise and organise and guide. It includes suffering for the truth of Jesus – who he is, and what he has done!
A disciple of Jesus, is “an undistracted learner”.
Once again, my friend Geoffrey Bingham, has written a good little book on discipleship: