You Might Be a Disciple

by Steven J. Callis

I recently attended a funeral where the life and ministry of a saintly woman was celebrated.  At least twice while highlighting her accolades and ideals, speakers clarified that this woman was not a legalist.  In his remarks, the preacher noted that she was in church Sunday mornings, Sunday nights, Wednesday nights, and all revival services, but that her faithfulness was more than a force of habit or legalism – – she just couldn’t get enough of the Lord and His people; she just couldn’t get enough.

As I have pondered that statement, my mind began to imagine…If a company man is an employee who works for the good of the company rather than for mere personal gain or satisfaction, then what is a countryman, or a churchman?  Jeff Foxworthy is famous for his “you-might-be-a-redneck” jokes.  Here is my twist to it: you might be a disciple.

If you research and consult sources other than your Sunday School lesson book to teach or prepare for your class, you might be a disciple.

If you generously give your tithes and offerings rather than giving a token offering or computing the required amount to the exact dollar, you might be a disciple.

If the fact of your conversion is not enough, and you sincerely desire a daily, vibrant walk with Jesus Christ, you might be a disciple.

If you realize that a vibrant walk with Christ necessitates more than a couple of hours each week attending church, you might be a disciple.

If you practice daily spiritual disciplines for the purpose and pursuit of the holy life, you might be a disciple.

If you care about enhancing your knowledge and skills to better understand your ministry focus and implement newly discovered ideas, you might be a disciple.

If you are open to the leadership of the Holy Spirit to move you out of your comfort zone, you might be a disciple.

If prayer is a blessing and not a burden, a privilege and not a necessity, communion with the heavenly Father and not a mere list of demands and wishes, you might be a disciple.

If you consider how your absence from a church service or event might affect your fellow believers, you might be a disciple.

             This certainly does not exhaust the list, but it is a good place to begin personal reflection.  The true “churchman” is committed to the purpose of Christ and His way rather than seeking mere personal gain and satisfaction.  For the disciple, it really is about Him, and not about self.

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