You might be a Christian, if you ... are a Disciple
What is a disciple? The term is defined as "one who accepts and assists in spreading the doctrines of another." You could be a disciple of anyone, such as a disciple of Dave Ramsey's money-saving principles, or Ghandi's policy of non-violence.
While the term "follower" and "disciple" are closely related, disciples are considered more zealous and have a devoted allegiance to their teacher. Followers tend to fade away when the way gets tough, but disciples believe in the message so strongly they persevere in spite of struggles.
Jesus had a lot of followers who thought He was going to be an earthly ruler. He had fewer disciples that hung in there with Him when it was revealed His Kingdom was a spiritual Kingdom and not an earthly one.
The most famous disciples, of course, are the Twelve Disciples that Jesus called into partnership at the beginning of His earthly ministry. He had others, though; and as the time for His earthly ministry drew to a close, He commissioned them to go, tell, teach and send; thus perpetuating a stream of disciples spreading the doctrines He himself taught.
And that's what changed, and is changing, the world!
Are you a disciple or a follower? Why or why not? Leave a comment, I'd love to hear about your journey!
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