Have you ever seen a painting or a drawing? If you were to compare the painting and photograph of the same same scene, you will notice that the artist “forgets” to paint certain details and adds other details that aren’t present in the photograph. Why? Well, that is how people see. In order to see clearly, you must first become blind to everything you do not want to see. Hence, selfish love is blind because selfish love can only see itself. But Christian love sees all by seeing only Jesus Christ.
In a similar way, under the guidance of the Bible, I have been using words to paint a picture of the disciple. In a disciple is not, I carved away everything that doesn’t belong in the painting of a disciple. By doing this, we discovered that even when looking directly at His disciple, you should only see Jesus Christ. A disciple is always busy removing herself from the picture so that Christ may be seen. And so we concluded by saying, “a disciple is not.” Now that our canvas is clear, let us look in Christ to see what a disciple is.
What is a Disciple?
You may choose to look it up in a dictionary but the definition you find will be too general. Let us look again at
A few things to note.
Again in our definition is this thing about how Jesus humbly abides in us. Now it is clear that only by Omnipotent Humility could the Creator live in me. He has a throne in heaven, is enthroned in the praises of His people and yet He Desires to live in me, a manger, a shack with no walls. Truly Jesus Christ Humbly Abides in us. Furthermore, He is not forceful and does not impose Himself. He Who Leads an army of angels could easily come in my heart and forcefully take over. And sometimes I wish He would. But Jesus is NOT a devil who tempts in order to enslave. No. Jesus only takes possession of those who willingly surrender to Him. Therefore, in both Presence and Behavior, our Holy Lord Jesus Christ Humbly Abides in His disciples.
But how can a disciple humbly abide in his Master? It seems easy to say, “God is heaven and I am on earth, so I’ll let my words be few.” And in truth, with enough meditation, this is more than sufficient. But this is not the age of meditation. In this day and age, we have a prideful misunderstanding of humility. You may have heard people say that being humble means being low or lowly or not thinking highly of yourself. That is a very biblical definition. But this is only one side of the definition. The other side is this: “Humility means lifting God up.” It is important that we take off our crowns but only so that we offer those crowns to Jesus Christ. A Christian only esteems herself lowly because she gives away her esteem to Jesus Christ.
Yet often we prefer to jump to one side or the other of humility. In pride, we think little of ourselves and refuse to hear what Jesus says about us. Or on the other side, we have no problem lifting up Jesus ... so long as it helps us feel like we’re better than everyone else. When you lose your self esteem but refuse to esteem Jesus Christ, you still think too highly of yourself. This is evident in people who, although lowly and hurting, still refuse the uplifting embrace of Jesus Christ. At the same time, if seeing Jesus does not make you aware of how low you are, then you have not seen Jesus but instead you have seen a figment of your imagination. In other words, you still highly esteem yourself. This is evident in people who think they are Christians and yet they do not tremble by obeying His Word.
How then can a disciple of Jesus Christ be humble? Simple. First as a disciple, I must understand that I do not own me
While Jesus Humbly Abides in him, a disciple humbly abides in Jesus and produces fruit. What is the meaning of this old word abide? Abide means that you live in a place and that this place lives in you. It is the place where you find rest and never leave. In fact, the word for the place where you abide is called your abode. So when Jesus says abide in me, it is implied automatically that we must also let Him Abide in us. And when He says, “and I in you”, then we know that we must also abide in Him
So for Jesus to abide in me, I must make myself into a home for Him. I must let His Words abide in me like
So look into your daily routine and your life. Are there moments in the day when you do not welcome Jesus or Jesus is not welcome? Is there a place in your house or your life where you like to keep to yourself? Are you trying to make Him feel at home in every breath you take and every word you speak?
A War of Words
And so we have distilled our discourse to arrive at the most essential definition of a disciple. A disciple is obedient. We know Jesus Abides in us through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit teaches us the Word of Jesus and reminds us of His Love
But before we obey Him, we should at least know what He wants us to do. And so Jesus tells us to let His Word to abide in us
Yet the world is a jumbled jungle full of awful dangerous words seeking to fill our hearts so that they might manifest through our bodies. Maybe its what my parents said to me a long time ago or maybe its the rapper telling its okay to sleep around. In order for the Word of Jesus to abide in me, I must silence all other words so that I can hear His Word. Like the sheaves of Joseph’s brothers
Finally, as a dear brother recently reminded me, obedience means that I am a doer of the Word. Only the Word I do abides in my hands and feet. I cannot hesitate in order to decide if I am going to obey. Light did not hesitate to be when God commanded it in