That of disciples is not a title acquired at birth, but a role that requires will, desire and commitment, starting from a personal decision. Many contemporary churches, of different latitudes, are focusing their activities no longer on education and training in service, but on a feverish demand for entertainment: music is a diversion, meetings and shared projects have short-term prospects, aiming more to meet the pleasures and "fashions" of the moment than the precepts of Scripture. Clive Staples Lewis, author of The Chronicles of Narnia, well summarized the thought that could antagonize this phenomenon: "All that is not eternal is eternally out of fashion". Everything that does not concern our eternal salvation, our spiritual vocation or biblical faith should be reputed to be out of fashion, therefore kept out of the church. In these contexts it is not uncommon, for those who have a more fundamentalist approach to the Scriptures, to be accused as "out-of-fashion believers". Our commitment is to dedicate ourselves to things that are not corruptible by moth or rust or that can be carried away by thieves (Matthew 6:19-20): we desire to live a faith projected to eternity and to God.
Jesus looked to us and after us, when in choosing the disciples he recommended them to make other disciples. Everyone should mature the conviction that, as believers, we are also disciples, and as such we have a Master to follow, from which to draw and of which to retrace the footsteps. As for the first disciples, even for all believers, of all ages and generations, and therefore also for us, the imperative of Jesus returns: "Make disciples!" If every disciple had fulfilled this order today the numbers would be others. Perhaps because all those who have been called have not chosen to be disciples. I can not find any other plausible explanation. Therefore, it is important to understand who the disciple is and to outline the traits that distinguish him. Various teachings are circulating that seek to classify every believer as a disciple. In principle this is how it should be, but the facts show that many are believers who live a passive faith, who listen to preaching, receive teachings and participate in activities but do not dedicate themselves to service and evangelization.
To endorse the thesis that not all believers are disciples enough to remember the crowd that followed Jesus: from that crowd the disciples were chosen. It is clear from the biblical texts that the disciples were not only twelve, but that the group was more numerous. When, however, the journey became harsher, many left: to the narrower handful of remaining men, Jesus asked if they also wanted to go away (John 6:67). This shows how life puts difficult times, crossroads and circumstances that require a choice before the believer's path and it is not always easy to choose to be on the Lord's side. The disciple succeeds in putting before his whole kingdom and his Justice: "Seek first the kingdom and the righteousness of God, and all these things will be added to you" (Matthew 6:33 - NKJV). Are you willing?
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Weekly Bible reading plan
23 April 2 Samuel 16-18; Luke 17:20-37
24 April 2Samuel 19-20; Luke 18:1-23
25 April 2Samuel 21-22; Luke 18:24-43
26 April 2Samele 23-24; Luke 19:1-27
27 April 1 Kings 1-2; Luke 19:28-48
28 April 1 Kings3-5; Luke 20:1-26
29 April 1 Kings 6-7; Luke 20:27-47
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