Devotional

Discipleship Test

by Erik Evangelista  


"Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;"
- John 8:31 (KJV)


When it comes to following Jesus, there are as many guidelines and as there are people in the world. Each person has his own way of saying why he follows the Lord. But even if these guidelines have the appearance of being right and acceptable to God, are they really acceptable?

The test of discipleship is simple, really. It is a simple if - then statement. If we continue in His words, Then we are disciples.

Believing at first, then avoiding attending services due to non-biblical reasons such as the service is too long, or the male brethren all stare at me, and others – this is not an example of continuing. Or, agreeing that the words of God are righteous and proper, but failing to give it due recognition by obeying, is also not continuing.

We cannot be disciples by mouth, or by first impressions. There is no such category for a disciple. Disciples continue in the words of the Lord, whether it is convenient or not. After all, salvation was achieved through the sacrifice of our Lord.

If you are not a disciple of Christ, then what are you? The answer is more obvious than you think. Let us not just start but continue in the words of the Lord.

Memory Verse:
- John 8:31
"Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;"

Resource Reading:
John 8:31-39

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