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True Discipleship book. Read 18 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. A disciple can be forgiven if he does not have great mental abili. True Discipleship - Part 1 by William MacDonald. Topic: Discipleship Scripture(s): John Description: This six part series on discipleship is a counterpart. True Discipleship pdf - William MacDonald. During his family so as he heareth us ! We know that follows if he, cannot save their savior we kneel. There can live.

This does not mean that we should ever have animosity or ill-will in our hearts toward our relatives, but it does mean that our love to Christ should be so great that all other loves are hatred by comparison. Not until we are willing to lay down our very lives for Him are we in the place where He wants us.

Denial of self is not the same as self-denial. The latter means foregoing certain foods, pleasures, or possessions. But denial of self means such complete submission to the lordship of Christ that self has no rights or authority at all. It means that self abdicates the throne.

The cross is not some physical infirmity or mental anguish; these things are common to all men. The cross is a pathway that is deliberately chosen. It is, as C. Any believer can avoid the cross simply by being conformed to the world and its ways. It was a life lived in the power of the Holy Spirit. It was a life of unselfish service for others. It was a life of patience and longsuffering in the face of the gravest wrongs.

It was a life of zeal, of expenditure, of self-control, of meekness, of kindness, of faithfulness and of devotion Gal. In order to be His disciples, we must walk as He walked. We must exhibit the fruit of Christlikeness John This is the love that esteems others better than oneself. It is the love that covers a multitude of sins. It is the love that suffers long and is kind.

It does not parade itself, is not puffed up. It does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things 1 Cor.

Without this love, discipleship would be a cold, legalistic asceticism. For real discipleship there must be continuance.

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It is easy enough to start well, to burst forth in a blaze of glory. But the test of reality is endurance to the end. Any man who looks back after putting his hand to the plow is not fit for the kingdom of God Luke Spasmodic obedience to the Scriptures will not do.

Christ wants those who will follow Him in constant, unquestioning obedience. Beyond that, we feel that we have every right to enjoy the best that this life has to offer. We know that there are those strong verses on discipleship in the Bible, but we have difficulty reconciling them with our ideas of what Christianity should be. We can accept the fact that soldiers give their lives for patriotic reasons. We do not think it strange that Communists give their lives for political reasons.

And yet the words of the Lord Jesus are clear enough.

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There is scarcely any room for misunderstanding if we accept them at their face value. Here are the terms of discipleship as laid down by the Savior of the world: 1. A supreme love for Jesus Christ. This does not mean that we should ever have animosity or ill-will in our hearts toward our relatives, but it does mean that our love to Christ should be so great that all other loves are hatred by comparison. Not until we are willing to lay down our very lives for Him are we in the place where He wants us.

A denial of self. Denial of self is not the same as self-denial. The latter means foregoing certain foods, pleasures, or possessions.

But denial of self means such complete submission to the lordship of Christ that self has no rights or authority at all. It means that self abdicates the throne. Moule 3. A deliberate choosing of the cross. The cross is not some physical infirmity or mental anguish; these things are common to all men. The cross is a pathway that is deliberately chosen. The cross symbolizes the shame, persecution and abuse which the world heaped upon the Son of God, and which the world will heap on all who choose to stand against the tide.

Any believer can avoid the cross simply by being conformed to the world and its ways. A life spent in following Christ. It was a life lived in the power of the Holy Spirit. It was a life of unselfish service for others. It was a life of patience and longsuffering in the face of the gravest wrongs. It was a life of zeal, of expenditure, of self-control, of meekness, of kindness, of faithfulness and of devotion Galatians , In order to be His disciples, we must walk as He walked.

We must exhibit the fruit of Christ-likeness John A fervent love for all who belong to Christ. This is the love that esteems others better than oneself. It is the love that suffers long and is kind. It vaunts not itself and is not puffed up. It does not behave itself unseemly; seeks not its own, is not easily provoked; thinks no evil. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things 1 Corinthians Without this love, discipleship would be a cold, legalistic asceticism.

An unswerving continuance in His Word. For real discipleship there must be continuance. It is easy enough to start well, to burst forth in a blaze of glory. But the test of reality is endurance to the end.

Any man who looks back after putting his hand to the plow is not fit for the kingdom of God Luke Spasmodic obedience to the Scriptures will not do. Christ wants those who will follow Him in constant, unquestioning obedience. Keep me from turning back. The handles of my plough with tears are wet, The shears with rust are spoiled, and yet, and yet, My God! My God!

A forsaking of all to follow Him. Clever theologians can give you a thousand reasons why it does not mean what it says, but simple disciples drink it down eagerly, assuming that the Lord Jesus knew what He was saying.

What is meant by forsaking all? The man who forsakes all does not become a shiftless loafer; he works hard to provide for the current necessities of his family and himself. But since the passion of his life is to advance the cause of Christ, he invests everything above current needs in the work of the Lord and leaves the future with God. In seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, he believes that he will never lack food and clothing.

He cannot conscientiously hold on to surplus funds when souls are perishing for want of the gospel. In forsaking all, he offers what he cannot keep anyway, and what he has ceased to love. These then are the seven terms of Christian discipleship. They are clear and unequivocal. The writer realizes that in the act of setting them forth, he has condemned himself as an unprofitable servant.

Is it not true that the message is always greater than the messenger? Is it not proper that God be true and every man a liar? My Master, lead me to Thy door: Pierce this now willing ear once more, Thy bonds are freedom; let me stay With thee to toil, endure, obey.

To be a disciple of the Lord Jesus, one must forsake all. This is the unmistakable meaning of the words of the Savior. At the outset, we should face these unbending truths: 1.

Jesus did not make this demand of a certain, select class of Christian workers. He did not say that we must simply be willing to forsake all. He did not say that we must forsake only a part of our wealth.

He did not say that a diluted form of discipleship would be possible for the man who holds on to his treasures. If He did not mean exactly what He said, what then did He mean? She was not to be outdone by her husband. The same spirit of devotedness animated Jim Elliot.

My life, my reputation, my possessions, Lord, let me loose the tension of the grasping hand. Even, Father, would I lose the love of fondling. He thought Heaven, yea, equality with God, not a thing to be clutched at. So let me release my grasp. If we forsook all, we would starve.

After all, we must make provision for our own future and the future of our loved ones. If every Christian forsook all, then who would finance the work of the Lord?

And if there were not some Christians who were wealthy, then how could the higher class of people ever be reached with the gospel? And so the arguments come pouring forth in quick succession—all to prove that the Lord Jesus could not have meant what He said. The witness of Scripture and of experience testifies that no one who lives sacrificially for Christ will ever suffer want.

When a man obeys God, the Lord takes care of him. The man who forsakes all to follow Christ is not a shiftless pauper who expects to be supported by his fellow Christians. He is industrious. He works diligently for the supply of his current necessities and those of his family.

He is frugal. He is foresighted. Instead of accumulating wealth on earth, he lays up his treasures in heaven. He trusts God for the future. Instead of giving the best of his life to the building up of vast reserves for old-age security, he gives his best to the service of Christ and trusts Him for the future.

He believes that if he seeks first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, he will never lack food and clothing Matthew To him, it is unreasonable to accumulate wealth for a rainy day. He would argue as follows: 1. How can we conscientiously hoard extra funds when the money could be used right now for the salvation of souls? Can we, with any truth, be said to love that neighbor as ourselves, whom we allow to starve, when we have enough and to spare?

How can we conscientiously pray to the Lord to provide finances for Christian work when we ourselves have money that we are not willing to use for this purpose? Forsaking all for Christ saves us from hypocrisy in prayer. How can we teach the whole counsel of God to others if there are areas of truth, such as this, which we have failed to obey? Our lives in such a case would seal our lips.

Clever men of the world set aside abundant reserves for the future. This is not walking by faith but by sight. The Christian is called to a life of dependence on God. If he lays up treasures on earth, how is he different from the world and its ways?

The argument is frequently heard that we must provide for the future needs of our families; otherwise we are worse than infidels. The following two verses are used to support this view: …the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children 2 Corinthians But if any provide not for his own, and especially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel 1 Timothy In the first verse, Paul is using irony.

He did not burden them financially, although he had every right to do so as a servant of the Lord. After all, he was their father in the faith, and parents ordinarily provide for their children, not vice versa.

In 1 Timothy , the apostle is discussing the care of poor widows.

He insists that their relatives are responsible to care for them. If there are no relatives or if they fail in their responsibility, then the local church should care for Christian widows. But here again the subject is present needs, not future necessities. At present your plenty should supply their need, and then at some future date their plenty may supply your need.

A Christian who feels he must provide for future needs faces the difficult problem of knowing how much will be enough. He therefore spends his life in pursuit of a fortune of some indefinite amount and forfeits the privilege of giving his best to the Lord Jesus Christ.

He gets to the end of a wasted life and finds out that all his needs would have been provided anyway, if he had just lived wholeheartedly for the Savior. The gospel would go out with increased power and in increased volume. If any particular disciple faced a need, it would be the joy and privilege of other disciples to share whatever they might have.

To suggest that there must be wealthy Christians to reach the wealthy people of the world is absurd. If we obey God, we can trust Him to arrange the details. The example of the Lord Jesus should be conclusive in the matter. The servant is not above his Master. Of course, poverty does not necessitate rags and dirt, but it does involve the lack of reserves and of the means to be luxurious…Some thirty years ago…Andrew Murray pointed out that the Lord and His apostles could not have accomplished the work they had to do had they not been actually poor.

People plead that there are certain material possessions that are necessary for home life. That is true. People plead that Christian businessmen must have a certain amount of capital to carry on a business today. That too is true. But beyond these legitimate necessities, the Christian should live frugally and sacrificially for the spread of the gospel.

Each of us stands responsible to God as to what it means to forsake all. One believer cannot legislate to another; each person must act as a result of his own exercise before the Lord. It is a tremendously personal matter. If as a result of such exercise, the Lord should lead a believer to a degree of devotedness hitherto unknown, there is no room for personal pride. Any sacrifices we make are no sacrifices at all, when seen in the light of Calvary.

Beside all this, we only give to the Lord what we cannot keep anyway and what we have ceased to love. Hindrances To Discipleship Anyone who sets out to follow Christ can be sure that many escape routes will loom up before him. He will be given numerous opportunities to turn back.

Other voices will call to him, offering to cut inches off the cross. Twelve legions of angels stand ready to deliver him from the path of self-renunciation and sacrifice. This is remarkably illustrated in the account of three would-be disciples who allowed other voices to take precedence over the voice of Christ.

Three unnamed men came face to face with Jesus Christ. They felt an inner compulsion to follow Him. But they permitted something else to come between their souls and complete dedication to Him. Too Quick The first man has been called Mr. Too Quick.

He enthusiastically volunteered to follow the Lord anywhere. No cross would be too heavy. No path would be too rough. The birds have a nest they can call their own. But I am a homeless Wanderer in the world my hands have made. Are you willing to sacrifice the security of a home to follow me? Are you willing to forego the legitimate comforts of life in order to serve me devotedly?

His love for earthly conveniences was greater than his dedication to Christ! Too Slow The second man has been called Mr. Too Slow. He did not volunteer, like the first man; rather the Savior called him to be a follower. His reply was not an outright refusal. It was not that he was completely disinterested in the Lord. Rather there was something he wanted to do first. This was his great sin. He put his own claims above the claims of Christ. And if a father has died, it is certainly within the bounds of the Christian faith that he should be given a decent burial.

But the legitimate courtesies of life become positively sinful when they take priority over the interests of the Lord Jesus. If Christ is Lord, then He must come first. Too Slow had a job to accomplish, and he let this job have first place. But there are other things in life which only a believer can do. See that you do not spend your life doing what an unconverted man could have done just as well.

Let the spiritually dead bury the physically dead. But as for you—be indispensable. Let the main thrust of your life be to advance my cause on earth.

Too Slow to pay. He passes off the stage of time into a nameless silence. But the life of true discipleship demands that the kingdom of God and His righteousness be sought first; that a believer should not spend his life doing what the unregenerate could do as well, if not better; and that the function of a job is merely to provide for current necessities while the main vocation of the Christian is to preach the kingdom of God.

Too Easy The third man has been called Mr. Too Easy. He resembled the first in that he volunteered to follow the Lord. What then was the point on which this man failed the test? It was this—he allowed the tender ties of nature to supersede the place of Christ. I want those who are willing to renounce home ties, who will not be distracted by sentimental relatives, who will put me above everyone else in their lives.

Too Easy left Jesus and walked sadly down the road. His over-confident aspirations to be a disciple had dashed themselves to pieces on the rocks of congenial family bonds. Too Quick—the love of earthly comforts. Too Slow—the precedence of a job or occupation. Too Easy—the priority of tender family ties. The Lord Jesus still calls, as He has ever called, for men and women to follow Him heroically and sacrificially. Be it far from thee! Let the world despise and leave me, They have left my Saviour, too; Human hearts and looks deceive me— Thou art not, like them, untrue; Oh!

Lyte Disciples Are Stewards Read Luke It was to the disciples that the parable of the unjust steward was spoken. In it, the Savior sets forth principles that apply to disciples of all time.

After all, the disciples of Christ are essentially stewards, entrusted with the care of His property and His interests here on earth.

The parable bristles with difficulties. It seems to commend dishonesty and crookedness.

But when understood in its proper light, it is laden with instruction of greatest importance. The story in brief is this. A wealthy property owner had hired an employee to care for his business. In the course of time, the master learned that this employee was squandering his money.

Immediately he demanded an audit of the books, then gave him notice that his employment would be terminated. The employee realized that his future prospects were dismal. He was too old to do hard, physical labor, and he was ashamed to beg. So he hit upon a scheme that would assure him friends for the days ahead. How are we to understand this apparent approval of dishonest business practices?

One thing is certain. Neither his lord nor our Lord commended such crookedness. It was this very thing that caused him to be dismissed in the first place. No righteous person could ever approve of such cheating and unfaithfulness. Whatever else the parable teaches, it does not suggest that embezzlement is ever justified.

There is only one thing for which the unjust steward could be commended, that is, that he planned for the future. He took steps to insure that he would still have friends after his stewardship had ended.

Worldly people take forceful action to provide for the days ahead. The only future they are concerned about is their old age, their years of retirement. So they work diligently to make sure that they will be comfortably situated when they are no longer able to carry on gainful employment.

No stone is left unturned in their quest for social security. In this respect, the unsaved are wiser than Christians. This is the crucial point. The future for an unbeliever means the time between now and the grave. The future for a child of God means eternity with Christ. The parable teaches then that the unregenerate are more wise and aggressive in preparing for their future on earth than Christians are for theirs in heaven.

With this background, the Lord Jesus presents the practical application of the lesson: And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations. The mammon of unrighteousness is money or other material possessions. We can use these things for winning souls to Christ. Friends won through the wise use of our material possessions will then serve as a welcoming committee to receive us into the everlasting dwelling places.

This is the way in which wise stewards plan for the future—not by spending their little lives in a vain quest for security on earth; but in a passionate endeavor to be surrounded in heaven by friends who were won to Christ through their money.

Money that was converted into Bibles, Testaments, scripture portions, tracts, and other Christian literature. Money that was used to support missionaries and other Christian workers.

Money that helped to finance Christian radio programs and other worthy Christian activities. In short, money that was used for the spread of the gospel in any and every way. He longs to see the mammon of unrighteousness converted by divine alchemy into worshippers of the Lamb forever and ever.

He is captivated by the possibility of doing a work in human lives that will bring eternal glory to God and eternal blessing to the people themselves. Anne R.

Cousin To him all the diamonds, rubies and pearls, all the bank deposits, all the insurance policies, all the mansions, pleasure boats and magnificent cars are but mammon of unrighteousness. If used for self, they perish with the using, but if spent for Christ, they reap dividends throughout eternity.

The manner in which we deal with material things, the extent to which we grasp them is a test of our character. Here the very small matter is the stewardship of material things. Those who are dependable are the ones who use these things for the glory of God and the blessing of their fellow men. Those who are dishonest are the ones who use their possessions for comfort, luxurious living and selfish enjoyment. If a man cannot be trusted in a small matter material things , how could he be trusted in a large deal the stewardship of spiritual things.

If a man is dishonest with the mammon of unrighteousness, how can he expect to be faithful as a minister of Christ and a steward of the mysteries of God 1 Corinthians The Savior therefore presses the argument a step further: If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches verse Earthly treasures are not true riches; their value is finite and temporal.

Spiritual treasures are true riches; their value cannot be measured and will never end.

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Unless a man is dependable in his handling of material things, he cannot expect God to trust him with spiritual prosperity in this life or treasures in heaven. Material things are not our own; they belong to God.

Everything that we possess is a sacred stewardship from God. All that can be called our own are the fruits of our diligent study and service here, and the rewards of faithful stewardship there. With climactic emphasis, the Lord then summarized the teaching of the entire parable: No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other.

Ye cannot serve God and mammon verse There cannot be divided allegiance. A disciple cannot live for two worlds. A steward either loves God or loves mammon. If he loves mammon, he hates God.

And, mind you, this was written to disciples, not to the unsaved. Zeal A disciple can be forgiven if he does not have great mental ability. He can be forgiven also if he does not display outstanding physical prowess. But no disciple can be excused if he does not have zeal.

If his heart is not aflame with a red-hot passion for the Savior, he stands condemned. Their Savior was consumed with a passion for God and for His interests. There is no room in His train for half-hearted followers. The Lord Jesus lived in a state of spiritual tension. The apostle Paul was a zealot. Someone has tried to capture the fervency of his life in the following sketch: He is a man without the care of making friends, without the hope or desire of worldly good, without the apprehension of worldly loss, without the care of life, without the fear of death.

He is a man of no rank, country or condition. A man of one thought—the Gospel of Christ. A man of one purpose—the glory of God. A fool, and content to be reckoned a fool for Christ. Let him be called enthusiast, fanatic, babbler or any other outlandish nondescript the world may choose to denominate him. But still let him be nondescript. As soon as they call him trader, householder, citizen, man of wealth, man of the world, man of learning, or even man of common sense, it is all over with his character.

He must speak or he must die, and though he should die, he will speak. He has no rest but hastens over land and sea, over rocks and trackless deserts. He cries aloud and spares not, and will not be hindered. In the prisons, he lifts up his voice, and in the tempests of the ocean, he is not silent. Before awful councils and throned kings, he witnesses in behalf of the truth. Nothing can quench his voice but death, and even in the article of death, before the knife has severed his head from his body, he speaks, he prays, he testifies, he confesses, he beseeches, he wars, and at length he blesses the cruel people.

Other men of God have shown this same burning desire to please God. Studd once wrote: Some want to live within the sound Of church or chapel bell. I want to run a rescue shop Within a yard of hell. And, incidentally, it was an article written by an atheist that spurred Studd to all-out dedication to Christ. The article was as follows: If I firmly believed, as millions say they do, that the knowledge and practice of religion in this life influences destiny in another, then religion would mean to me everything.

I would cast away earthly enjoyments as dross, earthly cares as follies, and earthly thoughts and feelings as vanity. Religion would be my first waking thought, and my last image before sleep sank me into unconsciousness. I should labor in its cause alone. I would take thought for the morrow of Eternity alone.

I would esteem one soul gained for heaven worth a life of suffering. Earthly consequences would never stay my hand, or seal my lips. Earth, its joys and its griefs, would occupy no moment of my thoughts. I would strive to look upon Eternity alone, and on the immortal souls around me, soon to be everlastingly happy or everlastingly miserable. John Wesley was a man of zeal. But flame is transient, often short-lived. Canst thou bear this, my soul—short life?

It is little wonder that Jim Elliot drew inspiration from it: From prayer that asks that I may be Sheltered from winds that beat on Thee, From fearing when I should aspire, From faltering when I should climb higher, From silken self, O Captain, free Thy soldier who would follow Thee.

From subtle love of softening things, From easy choices, weakenings; Not thus are spirits fortified, Not this way went the Crucified, From all that dims Thy Calvary, O Lamb of God, deliver me. Give me the love that leads the way, The faith that nothing can dismay, The hope no disappointments tire, The passion that will burn like fire, Let me not sink to be a clod: Make me Thy fuel, Flame of God.

The disgrace of the church in the twentieth century is that more zeal is evident among Communists and cultists than among Christians. In , one man with seventeen followers began his attack on the world. His name was Lenin. By , the number had increased to forty thousand, and with that forty thousand, he gained control of the one hundred sixty million people of Russia.

However much one might be opposed to their principles, one cannot help admiring their zeal. Many Christians felt strongly rebuked when Billy Graham first read the following letter, written by an American college student who had been converted to communism in Mexico. A certain percentage of us get killed or imprisoned. We live in virtual poverty. We turn back to the party every penny we make above what is absolutely necessary to keep us alive.People plead that Christian businessmen must have a certain amount of capital to carry on a business today.

Its hold on me grows, not lessens as time goes on. Surely if the Lord Jesus is worth anything, He is worth everything. But when understood in its proper light, it is laden with instruction of greatest importance. War demands a knowledge of the enemy and of his strategy. It was a life of unselfish service for others. Some of us have seen these principles in the Word for years, but somehow concluded that they were too extreme and impractical for the complicated age in which we live.

Studd once wrote: Some want to live within the sound Of church or chapel bell. Can I pray for evil in the Name of the Son of God?