Disciples 20190-004

Disciples       2019-004

What is a disciple?  A follower of Jesus Christ who decides it is more important to follow Him and that takes precedence over all other things.  Sounds strict, direct, committing, or very definitive.

A disciple tries to act like and look like the one they are following, namely, Jesus Christ.  Being a disciple means submitting oneself to Jesus and becoming part of the spiritual development process in learning to live all of your life in this submission to Him.  The key here is the word “submit”. Another word could be to surrender oneself to Him.

Being a disciple of Jesus requires us to also strive to make disciples of others, teaching them to observe all that Jesus taught to His original disciples of his time. Sort of like “sharing” the news…..

I have found it is NOT easy to be a disciple, but easier to call oneself a disciple of Jesus Christ. Just like it is normal for many to call themselves a Christian, but where they do not practice at being one.  

The journey to get closer to God has many pathways with stumbling blocks in the way, at times. If I go to church, that fact does NOT make me a disciple of Jesus. If I do community service work, that fact does not make me a disciple either. 

Once more; submitting to Jesus Christ and involving oneself in the spiritual development of learning to live the life in the submission to Jesus is the path to becoming a disciple.  Just stating that I am a Christian does not make me a disciple of Jesus either.

Living the life of a disciple and teaching others what Jesus said and proclaiming the Word of God as written in the Bible are the beginning actions of being a disciple. This is NOT a part time endeavor, but a full-time life choice that again, takes precedence over all other things in life.

This commitment does NOT mean becoming a religious hermit or monk of some sorts, doing things in a monastery or other place of worship. It does require our lives to be changed to one of acting and living the life of a disciple and spreading God’s word to all. The goal is to make disciples of others that you meet or know and have them become as you are now.

It means not being afraid to announce that God’s presence is nearby, God is alive and active, and aware of all of us and more importantly, Jesus Christ is our Savior in life.  

It is NOT easy, but Jesus Christ never promised easy to His disciples that traveled with Him or to those in the future that want to make the claim of being one.   

Peace,
Den Betts

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What is a PC 2019-003

What is a PC     2019-003

Well, at first thought, it is a Personal Computer. I was asked very recently if I was a PC.  It took me a second to realize I was not being asked if I had a large disc drive or a lot of RAM memory. I had no idea what she meant by this question and though I knew her, it was not very well. I looked at here dumbly and asked her what she meant.

She stood more erect and stated, “You know, a Practicing Christian.” I took a step back and looked her in the eye and retorted, “What is a practicing Christian, in your mind and why ask me this question?” I got a look like I was drunk or something.

I guess it was the word practicing that got me and why I was confused.  I consider myself a Christian, but never put the “P- word” in front of the word Christian. Many people I know are of the Christian faith and vary their involvement in worshiping at various denominational churches.  I think that was what she meant and after asking, she said “Yes” in response.

I do NOT truly care how others do or do not follow their faith or not, as it is not for me to judge them in any way.   I do not want to be judged by others either for how I pray or attend any church. The how, what, where and why we do things is up to each of us in life.

I feel that to put people in a class or on a scale of 1 – 10, for how they believe, is not good or proper, and some people do that, which I think is incorrect or wrong.

I consider myself a disciple of Jesus Christ, though not a great one and still learning the ropes of being one and feel that I am still on a journey to be closer to God, but that is MY journey and not something I expect others to do. IT is personal and mine to own and not anything I expect others to follow as such.

I do have feelings of sadness for those that do not adhere to a religion of any sorts, and even do not believe in God in any way.  They, in my mind, are missing some of the best moments they could have, by being part of a group of likeminded people with the same thoughts.  But that is me….

A couple of years ago I experienced something that changed my life forever. I found God, or maybe He found me, and since then, I have enjoyed many wonderful moments with Him.  Maybe I am a Practicing Christian, in her eyes, but going to church on a regular basis, doing community services, spreading the Word of God found in Scripture, are something I would not give up for anything. If these and other practices make me one of those people, I can say, “Yes I am; I am a PC.”

Peace,

Den Betts

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