You May Be a Christian But Not a Disciple

November 3, 2020

A recent survey revealed that among professing evangelical believers only 11% go beyond their confession of of faith to be a true disciple. The word disciple means a learner, one who becomes a student of the Word and daily seeks to grow in grace and become better acquainted with Jesus. II Peter 3.18

Further surveys indicate that a significant number of professing Christians fail to develop a biblical worldview. For example, in a recent survey conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute, found that 37% of white evangelical protestants support gay and lesbian marriages.

Discipline is often a missing word in the Christian's vocabulary. One can see the evidence of that fact in the increasing rate of obesity in our society. Paul made it clear to young Timothy that godliness comes through discipline (I Tim. 4.7) The Message paraphrases it well,

Exercise daily in God, no spiritual flabbiness, please! Workouts in the gymnasium are useful, but a disciplined life in God is far more so, making you fit both today and forever. You can count on this. Take it to heart.

Find a program that works for you. Ask the Lord for a brother or sister in Christ to journey with you. Hold one another accountable. Accountability and discipline go together. Take it to heart. It's time to get started.