Christian Discipleship and 3 Aspects of Christian Living
What does it mean to become a disciple of Jesus? How do we embody discipleship? We find ourselves asking these two questions at different points in our lives. But answering these is a journey of incredible insight and discovery.
Understanding Christian discipleship in the face of uncertainty and adversity is both challenging and incredibly rewarding. Building a framework of understanding is one of the best ways to share the meaning of being a disciple, a true follower of Christ, to another person. The following framework outlines three aspects of Christian living that we hope helps you in your discipleship journey.
Living by Faith
“For in it is revealed the righteousness of God from faith to faith; as it is written, the one who is righteous by faith will live.” (Romans 1:17)
To have faith means to believe in or trust in something or someone. It is to trust and have complete reliance in something. When we have faith, we are compelled to embrace its goodness and truth. In accepting these, we seek to apply them in our daily life.
Faith and loyalty are often associated with one another. When faith is applied to a person’s everyday life, it is understood as loyalty. This shows that faith is not only a cognitive or passive concept. It is something that has to be applied to our actions and judgement.
As people of the Christian faith, faith in the gospel promises brings us to life. We live in them and by them. With our faith in the Lord, we come alive to lasting life as opposed to death. The Spirit of God helps us to be born again.
Walking in the Lord’s Spirit
“If we live in the Spirit, let us also follow the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:25)
The Holy Spirit remakes, regenerates, and rebirths us. They are there to usher us into God’s holy embrace and righteous family.
When we walk in the Spirit, we are taking a journey through life in their power. We also bear and live by the Spirit’s many fruits.
Through his writing, Paul wanted us to know that since the Holy Spirit has led us in God’s loving presence, He lives in us. This is why as people of the Spirit, we should try our best to live each day in their power—striving to achieve and share peace, love, joy, patience, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, generosity, and self-control.
Resting in God’s Grace
“But by the grace of God I am who I am, and [H]is grace to me has not been ineffective. Indeed, I have toiled harder than all of them; not I, however, but the grace of God [that is] with me,” (1 Corinthians 15:10)
Through Jesus Christ’s life, death, and resurrection, we were declared righteous in God’s sight. He reconciled us to God. Through Him, we were adopted into God’s family. He made us new. Through Him, we are forgiven for all our sins.
To rest in grace is to trust in God’s love and favour all the time. It is relying on the blessing we have received. It is believing in the Lord’s work regardless of the difficulties we face. In the Lord, we don’t do things hopefully; we hope fully.
Grace is God’s loving generosity to us. We shouldn’t think of it as some small part of God’s economy where He makes up for the leftover space where we can’t measure up, but as His entire measure as the all-powerful ruler of the universe. Grace is our only hope of heaven and eternal life in His kingdom.
Most of the time, the concept of Christian discipleship is hard to comprehend. However, with an understanding of the three aspects of Christian living, we can get a sense of how discipleship works in our daily lives. We also receive a framework that helps us be better believers, followers, and people of faith.
Global Disciples Canada is a Christian mission organization that trains local leaders living near least-reached communities to multiply disciples for Christ. One third of our world hasn’t heard the Good News of Jesus. Yet. Global Disciples refers to these as “least-reached” people, and fewer than 10% of all missionaries work among these groups. We live in a time where many of these people are within reach of a local church. Through our simple and effective strategy of training and coaching, believers share the Gospel in their own nations and cultures. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations,” and we’re committed to doing just that. If you are looking for a Christian mission organization to partner with to become a better disciple and help make disciples, connect with us today!
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