• Jack Selcher

Minding God's Business (Part 3 of 4)


Part of minding God’s business is following Jesus. Jesus’ followers obey Him, and they love one another. “To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, "’If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples’” (John 8:31, NIV). The Jews to whom Jesus spoke, like some of us, believed what He said was true but were unwilling to yield themselves to Him. Those superficially attached to Jesus do not do what He says. That is an extremely dangerous position -- Judas Iscariot’s position. The first mark of Jesus’ followers is they obey His teachings.


Second, they love other believers. “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another" (John 13:35, NIV). Love is an unconditional, sacrificial commitment to an imperfect person. That brand of love sets Jesus’ followers apart from all others. It never blooms in human hearts without a supernatural connection to Jesus, its source.


Fully devoted disciples have a mind through which Jesus thinks, a heart through which he loves, a voice through which he speaks, and hands through which he helps. Jesus is the needle and they the thread. He goes first, and they follow.


According to Aubrey Malphurs, many churches in the United States are unclear about the characteristics of a disciple. Relatively few have spiritual leaders who are growing as disciples and committed to making disciples because they are not sure what a disciple is. To discover both what a disciple is and how closely you are following Jesus see https://www.christiangrowthresources.com/spiritual-health-assessment. The measure of the health of a church is what its members do with their faith in the world. Church health improves as personal spiritual growth continues.


The twelve learned how to follow Jesus by spending more than three years living with Him. Timothy learned to follow Jesus by one-on-one contact with Paul. Disciples are built best in small groups led by a fully devoted follower of Jesus. That is what made the difference for me and countless others. My spiritual candle was lit in a small group of graduate students at Penn State University about 1974 at Blair Cook’s flame. The secret of discipleship is finding a flame and getting close to it. #freechristiandiscipleshipresources #freechristianleadershipresources


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