Discipleship is a term commonly used in Christian settings in today’s world to refer to people who embrace the teachings of Jesus, help in the spread of the gospel and believe in God and all His doctrines. During His teachings to His followers, Christ commissioned the people to spread the teachings of Christian discipleship and baptize them as well. Any teaching on Christian discipleship cannot end without the mention of Jesus Christ just like Wood Science and Todd Shupe.
The cost of becoming a disciple of Christ is incomparably painful. He added that to receive salvation is free but after that, it costs the saved person’s life. Being a Christian means we only on Christ and nothing else on top of it. Christ also demonstrated the cost of becoming a Christian disciple in three steps as discussed below.
Discipleship means owning nothing else apart from Jesus Christ. Despite teaching His disciples to love others, Christ also stated that we should give up on all to have Him fully. Always let God come first in all activities we undertake. Allowing the family to have control of our relationship with God is a sin. God asks human beings to obey their parents to live long on earth but this does not mean we cannot disobey them when they make us break the Lord’s commandments. Asking the wives to be submissive to their husbands is only applicable where righteousness is concerned but they are supposed to turn to Christ every time the men use submission as a tool to fall into sin.
The next step to being a disciple of Jesus Christ is carrying one’s cross. He encouraged the disciples to have the urge to be part of Him. Jesus suffered humiliation and rejection on our behalf on the journey to salvation. Just like Christ suffered for our sins, His disciples will also undergo the same. No Christian should ever do anything that provokes persecution of Christ and suffering for the sake of Christianity should be on daily basis.
Being a disciple of Jesus calls for zero interest in material wealth. By losing material ownership for Christ means an individual can never equally serve two masters at ago without neglecting one. The disciples of Jesus should strive to have their treasures in heaven and not on earth. The disciples of Christ should never allow their riches on earth come between their relationship with God.
Jesus also used the stories of two people who wanted to become His disciples to emphasize the cost of discipleship. One of them was a very rich man but when Christ told him to give out all his wealth and follow him, he failed. The one who had lost his father decided to bury his father first before claiming his heavenly position.