By Darren Huckey
Published September 3, 2013
The Four Responsibilities of a Disciple addresses the question, "What will it take to change the world for our Master?" After many years of searching, my answer is that it has to start with you and me. Too many times we want to go out and change the world and start off by trying to "fix" everyone else. But the path to permanent, lasting, sustainable change has to begin with ourselves. Yes, we should be working to change the world, but it must begin with ourselves. In order to "make disciples" as our Master tells us in The Great Commission, we first have to become disciples ourselves.
"A disciple… when he is fully trained will be like his teacher" (Luke 6:40).
One of the largest obstacles to discipleship is that too many people think of it as being an optional component of faith. We tend to relegate discipleship to the clergy or to someone with a special mission. The fact is, however, that if we call ourselves by the name of Jesus, we should be a disciple ourselves and should be making disciples of others. It's just part of the package. It isn't some special, elite group of people who are the “special forces” of our faith. No. It's you and me. Together. We are both following the same commission given by our Master. Whoever you are and wherever your station in life, you are called to be a disciple.
The Four Responsibilities of a Disciple gives the basics for starting on your path to becoming a true disciple of Yeshua (Jesus). It addresses four over-arching areas of responsibility with which every follower of Yeshua should be familiar and practicing. Why not start today in becoming a better disciple of your Messiah?