Walk through the Bible with Pastor Norman Rogers.


Reluctancy in Obedience

For the longest time I've been haunted with the question, "Why are Christians, including

myself, so reluctant to obey God in the one area to which He has called us all? I'm

talking about the call to discipleship.

Jesus, in His earthly ministry, had much to say about discipleship:

  • Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. (Luke 14:27)
  • And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. (Luke 9:23)
  • Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. (Matthew 16:24-25)
  • If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. (Luke 14:26)
  • So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple. (Luke 14:33)
  • As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” And Jesus said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” (Luke 57-62)
  • And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. (Mark 8:34)
  • Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. (Matthew 10:37-39)

When Jesus called His first disciples He said to them, "Follow Me and I will make you become fishers of men." (Matthew 4:20) From this single verse, we see all the elements that make up a disciple of Jesus. First, a disciple is a follower of Jesus. Second, a disciple is being changed by Jesus. Third, a disciple is committed to the mission of Jesus. And what is that mission? MAKING DISCIPLES!

Jesus has called every believer to reproduce themselves in the lives of others by making disciples who are following Jesus, who are being changed by Jesus, and who are committed to the mission of Jesus.

Jesus was the supreme example of a disciple-maker by calling a small group of twelve men, teaching them, living life with them, modeling the Christian way before them, and sending them out in ministry for others. These disciples literally shook the world for christ!

Jesus' last words on earth before He was taken up to heaven were: "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20) In effect Jesus was saying, "Okay, guys, reproduce in others what I've been doing in you!" WOW!

Going back to the question, "Why are we so reluctant to do what Jesus has called us to do?" I'm not sure! Maybe it's because we don't know how? Maybe it's because we haven't been taught by our leaders? Maybe it's because we are satisfied with 'playing' church instead if 'being' the church? Maybe it's because Satan has blinded our eyes and dulled our spiritual senses to the Truth? Maybe we are too busy with the cares of this world? Maybe it's because we just don't care? Whatever the reasons - there are no excuses! God has called us all to "go and make disciples." That's what I want to be about until God takes me home! How about you? Will you join me on the incredible journey of discipleship?

- Norman