Disciplined children are better at accomplishing their mission than undisciplined children. This brings to light the distinction some of my fellow missionary friends have made over the past year that they are intent on calling themselves Christ followers and not just Christians. This distinction is usually made with emphasis and it seems to be made with a bit of disdain for the common Christian, whatever you may think that is.
So lets define discipling. Well, it changes depending whom you talk too, but broadly speaking it could be any follower of Christ and finitely it would mean that you are such a dedicated faithful follower that your almost Christ incarnate yourself. Wow, I told myself I was going to be nice, but there it goes. I bit of sarcasm. One of these days I’ll get past that, but I think it applies here and I will tell you why.
Being insistent on redefining yourself to be more than Christian is a liability. Understand that those whom try to study the Word more than others and try to walk in Jesus’s footsteps more than others, will inevitably find someone along the way that may seem to be following more than themselves. Thus the liability is the gravitation of being pulled to someone whom you feel may be a better follower of Christ than yourself. This in essence is a false idol or in some cases a self-idol, in pedestalling yourself as the anchor of Christ and neglecting the body of Christ. Don’t get me wrong, we should all follow Christ and be the strongest anchors in our faith that we possibly can for God and others, but to neglect the body and admittance to not being a part of the entire body is in error. Romans 12:4-5, “as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. “
To be so insistent on setting a distinction between yourself and other followers should not be made to pull you away from the body of Christ, but it should be made to pull yourself together with the body. Any comment or discussion made about being a Christ follower should be intentional on that point. Revelation complete.
If this got you worked up a follow up blog is coming soon. This topic hit me about a year ago and I was lead back to it after reading Hebrews 12 this week. I was reading about how God will inevitably discipline us for correction and training just like human fathers and it made me think that I wouldn’t like to be disciplined for neglecting the body of Christ and the family of believers. And as usual, I too am guilty of doing this from time to time. Sorry I’ve been away for so long. TBC.