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Citing Luke 14:26, the disciple of our Lord Jesus Christ should put his Master above those closest and beloved to him.

If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, … he cannot be my disciple.

It is vital that we first heed the words of our Savior and count the cost of discipleship before we truly desire to be His followers. We must weigh these costs against the benefits of being followers of Jesus to avoid becoming falsely disillusioned and discouraged. Through this can we only make an wise decision of becoming a disciple.

Matthew 10: 24-25 speaks to us…

A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a slave above his master. It is enough for the disciple that he become as his teacher, and the slave as his master. If they have called the head of the house Beelzebub, how much more the members of his household!

Are we serving God in our best efforts? What does it take to be a disciple? What are you as a disciple, learner and student? These questions will definitely help us to search and assess our innermost desire to serve the Lord.

To further help us, let’s look into these 4 points:

Do you have the same end goal? Are we going the same direction?

The most important thing is to initiate goal setting with your group. Know what keeps them awake at night and look into the short term and long term goals you could do so you'll know that you are on a journey for change.

Do you share the same passion?

You should all have a vision. Do not be afraid to open up to each other, even you as the leader. 

Can you trust them enough to open up?

Build trust and open communication. Let them know your fears and doubts. Make known to them that by having an open line to all your thoughts and ideas, you will be able to share anytime without scared of being judged.

Are you willing to submit and obey to this person?

When God decided to assemble His first disciples, it was not a walk in the park. Let’s read the their story from Matthew 4: 18-20…

One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers—Simon, also called Peter, and Andrew—throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living. Jesus called out to them, Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” And they left their nets at once and followed him.

This Bible verse is telling us what a true disciple is:

  1. A disciple is found - every person is made to lead, but not everyone can unlock their potential in leading.
  2. Allows disturbance - a true disciple would always sacrifice everything for his followers and leader regardless of problems that would come his way.
  3. Comes - true disciples approach their leaders to lead them
  4. Share a common mission/Burden with the disciples - a true disciple is accountable to his followers
  5. Is ready to pay the cost - it is the disciple who chooses who to follow

Everyone has the potential to lead, but it has to work with a disciple and disciple chemistry.

Is it our priority? Do you know where we are going? Are we on the same bus? Can we walk together?

The disciples left their nets at once when God called them to follow Him. Can you do the same?

If you want to lead, you must be hungry for learning. Our discipleship must not end with work base only.

Are we on the same bus? Have I been a true disciple?

At the end the day, everything will fall into Jesus. We must focus on Him and we must heed His call for us to be His disciples.