In my last post I talked about what Jesus said that it means to be His disciple in John, chapter 8. It requires us to remain in His Word. Our response to this truth is an issue today.
Even though Jesus was speaking to those who believed in Him, their response was surprising. They were offended that He said they needed to be set free.
“We’ve never been a slave to anything or anyone.”
“You’ve gone too far, Jesus.”
“I know you are Abraham’s descendants. Yet you are ready to kill me, because you have no room for my word.”
Jesus knew that they were believers. The problem was that they had no admittance, pass, designated space for His Word. Because they wanted to justify themselves, their minds rejected what Christ was telling them. Later in His teaching, Jesus explained why this happened.
Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say.
He literally said that it was because they did not have the power to hear my logos. In order to let the Word of God work its change in our lives, we need to draw upon the power of the Holy Spirit.
The Apostle Paul even wrote about it.
The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.
1 Corinthians 2:14
It’s the Holy Spirit who helps us to hear God’s Word. But don’t get the idea that it’s an easy thing. The state of the modern church, pastors included – proves just the opposite. Think about what Christ taught concerning the difficulties involved in discipleship.
And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
That doesn’t sound very convenient. Picking up something that points to the death of my flesh. Then, as if that’s not enough, I have to watch closely to where Christ is moving, and follow in His footsteps.
It’s no wonder that in the current version of Christianity, we use the word “disciple” to mean anyone who has received salvation. We need to get back to the radical discipleship that Jesus taught.
In my next post I’ll talk about just how inconvenient this is.
Question: How far are you willing to be inconvenienced for Christ?
© Nick Zaccardi 2014