If you are a follower of Jesus, how often do you ask yourself the following two questions: “What is God saying to me?” and “What am I going to do about it?”
Here’s the reason why these two questions are crucial in learning to be a disciple: being a disciple means becoming a life-long learner. The key to this learning is hearing the voice of God and then responding to it.
So, how often are you asking these two questions?
When one is a student, it means that there is someone or something else that is the teacher. And the expectation is that the teacher will teach through some form of communication. If there is no communication, then there is no learning happening and the person or source is not a teacher. And you are not a student either. And that means your status as a disciple must be examined because, by definition, a disciple is a student, and a life-long one at that.
If you see yourself as a disciple, then you will be looking for and expecting your teacher to teach by communicating with you. And God is the ultimate and complete and perfect Teacher. That means He is always communicating with His disciples. Therefore, we need to be looking, expecting, and listening, because God will communicate.
When one is a student, it also means that there must be interaction with what has been communicated. If it is only information taken in and nothing more, then no true learning has occurred or real learnings are put into practice and impact how we live and how we do things and gets to the point of shaping who we are.
Here’s what I fear – how many followers of Jesus are asking these two questions and responding accordingly on a regular and consistent basis?
These two questions form the foundation of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. And if that foundation has not been firmly established, then it is quite difficult, if not impossible, and hazardous to build upon that foundation.
Anyone who desires to grow in being a disciple of Jesus must first have this foundation solidified.