Devotional

Being a Disciple of Jesus

January 23, 2017

Part 4

Many struggle, feeling that there’s no real purpose or meaning in their lives. “Why am I here? Is there any meaning to life?” are common questions. For Jesus’ disciples, there is a purpose. It’s the disciple of Jesus who enters in to the great adventure of co-laboring with God in the expansion of His kingdom.

Our Purpose

Many today are dying of boredom. And people do absolutely crazy things in pursuit of a thrill to pull them out of the boredom of life. If you’re bored, I challenge you to think about whether you’re really a disciple of Jesus. Because if you’re bored, you don’t really think you have anything to do. If you don’t think you have anything to do, you’re obviously not thinking like a disciple—because there’s plenty to do. We will never run out of people to share Christ with, and we will never run out of other believers to instruct and build up in the faith. There are always opportunities to share Christ in word and deed.

God’s Program

Many people are looking for a cause, and there are all kinds of causes out there. Some are good and strategic and some are not, but the Lord has an amazing, universal program: the expansion of Jesus Christ’s kingdom. If you want to get on board with a valuable cause and find meaning for your life, discipleship is how you find purpose. This is what Jesus was talking about when He said, “If you seek to save your life or find your life, you’ll lose it; but if you lose your life—if you give it up for My sake and the gospel’s, you’ll really find it” (paraphrase of Matthew 16:25).

Where the Adventure Is

You want to know the meaning and purpose of life? Become a disciple of Jesus, and you’ll find out. We were intended to live in a relationship with God, in obedience to Him. That’s where the adventure is, and that’s what being a disciple is about. There’s no one and nothing besides knowing Christ in an intimate, discipleship relationship that can ever satisfy the deepest longing of your soul. You can spend your whole life pursuing other things that you think will bring fulfillment, but you will find in the end that they don’t.

Are you a disciple? That’s the big question. Have you pledged your allegiance to Him above everyone and everything else?