Throughout the New Testament, you will find ordinary and unlikely people who have been called to be Jesus’s Disciples. Andrew and Peter were fishermen who were uneducated and consider low in status, Matthew was a tax collector, which in those days was like you admitting you were a crook. Jesus took these men and created some of his first disciples.
So what does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus and how can scripture give us a better understanding of this?
Scripture has allowed us to read about Jesus, God’s only son who was sent to us so we could be forgiven for our sins. To lay down His life so we would someday be able to walk alongside God once again. While Jesus was alive, he stood as a living example of what God has always intended us to be, loving, caring, abiding, devoted and faithful children of God.
Once we understand and give our life over to Jesus, we are not only considered followers of Jesus Christ but are expected to spread the gospel and disciple to others. We can do this by sharing our testimonies, inspiring scripture, past experiences, helping others, and most importantly loving others unconditionally as Jesus did.
I have selected 7 bible verses that I feel call us to be disciples of Jesus.
7 Bible Verses That Call Us To Be Disciples Of Jesus
1. John 15:18-19
“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world.”
These two verses cannot be truer and something Christians experience every day. Jesus was the most wonderful man that could have walk this earth, yet he was greatly hated and persecuted. Yet he knew many would not accept what he had to say or what he had to offer to God’s people. We too as Christians should not expect anything less than the same reactions from some individuals we share the gospel with, but that is okay. We still push on and persevere with what we know is true in our hearts and continue to share the Word with others.
2. Matthew 28:19-20
“ Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
The Bible contains some scripture that has layers that need to be deciphered and then there are verses like Matthew 28:19-20. These two verses make it clear what we should do as disciples. That we should go out and spread the Gospel, baptize, and teach. And the most important part of these verses is that Jesus tells his disciples that he is always with them. We as Christians need to remember this when we are teaching or sharing our relationship with Jesus. This can be one of the hardest expectations Jesus has for us but the most impactful way to share the word.
3. John 21:17
“The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.”
John 21:17 is such a great verse! Jesus refers to himself as our shepherd and we are his sheep. He is the one that is guiding us as a shepherd does with his flock. In this verse, Jesus asked Peter, one of his disciples to “feed ” his sheep after repeatedly asking Peter if he loves him. Jesus asks this because he knows if Peter truly loves him, even once Jesus is no longer physically here with his disciples, that he will continue to feed the knowledge of God through the spreading of the gospel. If we truly love Jesus and abide by his teachings then we too should feed his sheep.
4. Matthew 4:19
“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”
This is where Jesus first meets Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew who were both fishermen. At this point, they didn’t know Jesus but He tells them if they follow him they will fish for people. I am sure at first they were confused as to what this meant, but they followed him. We may have a feeling overcome us to look into what following Jesus means and that feeling maybe confusing as well. But that curiosity should be pursued, just as Peter and Andrew did. Jesus said,”Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” You may never know what lies beyond the door if you are not willing to at least knock.
5. John 8:12
“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
I love analogies and so did Jesus! When Jesus was sent down to us, the world was corrupt, dark and wicked once again. He was sent here to be that light he is referring to, to break the pattern of darkness that God’s people became accustomed to. If we understand and follow Jesus’s teachings as God wanted us to do, we won’t be overcome by the darkness in this world. That light will also attract those who are lost in the dark and seek freedom from their sin. So by becoming disciples of Jesus, we can shine the light to all those who are in the dark!
6. 2 Timothy 2:2-3
“And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others. Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.”
When we become disciples of Jesus we are expected to not only grow in our faith but to extend that knowledge to others. Here we read 2 Timothy 2:2-3 where Paul writes to Timothy to continue his exact teachings to others so they too can spread the Gospel. Paul knows the suffering that has come along with his following in Jesus Christ and he compares himself to a good soldier, one who obeys all Jesus has taught him. Paul also knows that this journey for Timothy will be pleasing but suffering also lied up ahead of him.
7. John 12:26
“ Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.”
This is such a powerful verse and a great verse to end with on the topic of discipleship! Those of us who will follow Jesus and minister to him by following his teachings will then be considered worthy in the eyes of God. In turn, He will honor us.
Discipleship is something we are called to do when we decide to follow Jesus. It will be a challenging journey but the fact that we have the opportunity to share the most important and hope-filled news with those all around us is exhilarating! We truly have the ability to change someone’s life!
So if you believe with all your heart that Jesus Christ was sent and died for us, you too have the ability to spread the word and disciple to others!!