Discipleship is a term commonly used in Christian settings in today’s world to refer to people who embrace the teachings of Jesus, help in the spread of the gospel and believe in God and all His doctrines. Jesus gave the disciples the power to make more disciples across the globe and carry out baptism as well. Any teaching on Christian discipleship cannot end without the mention of Jesus Christ just like Wood Science and Todd Shupe.
Jesus Christ taught His disciples and the entire world that the journey to Christianity is difficult and calls for sacrifice. He added that to receive salvation is free but after that, it costs the saved person’s life. Contradictory as it may sound; Christ meant that an individual should commit all they have to God after receiving salvation. Christs used three elements to present His teachings on the cost of discipleship.
Discipleship means owning nothing else apart from Jesus Christ. By hating everything, Christ meant that we should not allow human beings come between us and God. Always let God come first in all activities we undertake. When Our thoughts or family drag us away from God, we should give up on them and follow Christ. God asks human beings to obey their parents to live long on earth but this does not mean we cannot disobey them when they make us break the Lord’s commandments. Women should only be obedient to their husbands in righteousness.
The next step to being a disciple of Jesus Christ is carrying one’s cross. He encouraged the disciples to have the urge to be part of Him. Jesus went through much suffering to bring salvation to mankind. Just like Christ suffered for our sins, His disciples will also undergo the same. The followers of Jesus should always keep the commandments of God.
Being a disciple of Jesus calls for zero interest in material wealth. Material wealth is slow poison to spiritual riches. The followers of Christ should always strive to ensure they own sufficient wealth in their home which is not on earth. Christ should come first before earthly possessions.
Jesus also used the stories of two people who wanted to become His disciples to emphasize the cost of discipleship. One of them was a very rich man but when Christ told him to give out all his wealth and follow him, he failed. The one who had lost his father decided to bury his father first before claiming his heavenly position.