Are you Marked To Be A Disciple?
Good Morning Blessings and thank you for joining me today on this ROF Ministries broadcast. It is my prayer that each of you are keeping your eyes continually on the prize, our precious Lord Jesus, while sensing the safety and security found only in Him. These days of preparation for His children are very pressing and yet He is guiding us into safety by keeping us securely on the narrow path. This path is getting so narrow, that eventually all is squeezed out so we reach the point where it is only us and Him walking each day. This path, this narrow way is leading us to wholeness… I know we’ve sought to be made whole many times over, but in order to be made whole, we must come into agreement and walk together one on one with Jesus continually – wholeness is simply the measurement of Jesus within us and if we are fully poured out, then He is fully residing within and we are made whole. The process is very rigorous at times, well most of the time – all that can be shaken is shaken in that only He remains dwelling within. The end result is a blessing beyond imagination where He abides within us, we abide within Him and in truth – we evolve into salt and light, being used as His hands and feet – for real this time – no faking it until you make it during this season – the truth of us all is being exposed.
Recently the Lord was speaking to me about “besetting sins…” found in Hebrews 12 – which also speaks to us about the race of faith – let’s read a portion of that scripture today.
Hebrews 12 –
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the [a]author and [b]finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
The Discipline of God
3 For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. 4 You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin. 5 And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons:
“My son, do not despise the [c]chastening of the Lord,
Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him;
6 For whom the Lord loves He chastens,
And scourges every son whom He receives.”
7 If[d] you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? 8 But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. 9 Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness. 11 Now no [e]chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
- Besetting sins – are those sins which cause us to step back from holiness, they often trip us up and are unique to us personally.
- They are often what we want to excuse, in ourselves and others
- They usually are mind games we play on ourselves – trying convince ourselves that the Father winks at sin and bring Him down to our level – as if He understands and condones unrighteous behavior.
- When we are struggling with a besetting sin – we will often say “I’m not perfect…” or worse tell others dealing with the same thing… it’s okay, giving them permission to sin.
About the great cloud of witnesses – You do know right – that these are not people in Heaven looking down upon you? These are those who are witnesses to your walk on Earth with Jesus – people in the midst of you, who whether from afar or close watch every single action you take and listen to every word you speak to see if it is measured in truth and integrity and for real representing the righteousness of Jesus. Again, these witnesses watch to see if you are who you say you are… a child of light or child of darkness. Actions speak much louder than words, because however we think so are we… Where the Bible speaks of “fruit” it is speaking of a manifestation of the heart outwardly in truth – and cannot be hidden so easily like we might think it can.
Alrighty… that was just extra…. Because today we are going to talk to and about disciples, which comes from the root word “disciplined.” Which is the great commission by the way, it is the higher calling of a child of God because one must come into agreement with Him to be anointed and qualified as a disciple. One must be poured out and on a path to wholeness in Jesus, having willingly surrendered your own life, will, excuses, pretending and such. From this respect – many are called, but few chosen and it has nothing to do with natural qualifications and capabilities like can you read, speak, present yourself well and such. It has everything to do with – loving the chastisement of the Lord, seeking a disciplined life and being one who observes and teacher others to observe and follow all the commands of Jesus. Jesus told us He would have disciples on Earth until the end of the age. Let’s read it:
Mathew 28 –
16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. 17 When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted.
18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go [c]therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” [d]Amen.
So to be a disciple means many things of which most is not taught in church gatherings. In order to be a disciple you must not keep sin but rejection all rebellion, buy resisting and repenting – in yourself and others, which is a fruit of pure love… As Hebrews 3:1 says to the Holy brethren that all who desire to be partakers of the Heavenly calling, shall be – one with Jesus as He is the apostle and high priest of those who serve in the capacity of a disciple.
Before you tune me out – thinking this type of calling is just too hard… Please stick with me on this – it is not the calling is too hard, it is just that keeping our life in tact is what is easier… But the Lord showed me many of you have a disciple’s anointing within, which is just begging and pleading to arise and come out in the boldness of truth, to no longer call evil good and good evil – but to be a witness to others, serving alongside Jesus for the highest of callings for the great commission.
We are going to study a lot today about the surprising qualifications of a disciple in order to break the lies of the enemy which tell you that you are not qualified. Many in the church today are being called, however, like those in the Bible – say no to Jesus or tell Him to wait… so they can keep their old life intact or their current one for that matter and “tend” to things important to them. For today, the Lord has given me charge to make a clarion call to those who have this deep desire to do more for Him, to completely lay their lives down in servitude for the Kingdom of God and I know that is many of you listening to me right now. So if you have a stirring within you as I speak, please join with me on discovering a day in the life of a disciple and consider saying yes to the Lord.
Why discipleship is needed? Part of the fivefold ministry of Jesus on Earth includes disciplining others – apostles/disciples are needed for the Body of Christ as a whole. I am not one for titles at all… a true disciple is inwardly, not outwardly – it is not a word before your name, it is a way of life that reflects the heart inwardly. Chances are if someone declares by name they are an apostle – they aren’t. A true apostle wouldn’t do such a thing – they’ve already lost all reputation in sight of man, seeking to please the Lord alone. Disciples are just like Jesus in the way, they are about their Father’s business only continually. They don’t have to think about it, it is woven into the very fabric of who they are.
Just in case you are wanting to count yourself out before understanding more… I want to read to you something out of 2 Corinthians 11:6, speaking of disciples, Paul wrote this…
Even though I be rude in speech yet I am not in knowledge… (Knowledge about the commands of the Lord, of course) but listen to this… “rude in speech” really caught my eye – it means someone who is a private person, unlearned and uneducated in the World, appearing ignorant by man’s standards, destitute in this life – having the simplicity of the mind of Christ and un-beguiled by subtle serpent speech regarding evil.
So look at that… YOU all are qualified to accept this call – should you chose to do so! Thank You Lord.
Regarding Disciples/Apostles – CHARACTER is everything. Dead to self to the point Jesus comes forth from within. Ephesians 4:11 says – A disciple is a sent messenger to believers, who are close companions to Jesus containing commands and orders from the Lord. (paraphrasing)
Disciples are not caught up with the cares of this life, having been caught up by Jesus, they are not moved by anything coming upon this World and shake off any dust of distraction by what the enemy is up to, knowing all evil has been defeated – they never glorify evil, by speaking of it’s power to rule the day or night, by their own choice they are set to glorify only the Lord. I know what I am getting ready to share will create an increasing stir within a few of you, not many but that’s okay – it is written that would be the case. But as I share in a moment about the character of a disciple, please be attuned to the truth of you, considering, is that me the Lord is calling? After I share about the internal nature of disciples, I am going to read to you an example of a letter by Paul which resembles a letter you also might write to others reflecting the longing in your heart for them to see Jesus and walk according to His ways – found in 2 Corinthians 4. If you find yourself one with anything else I share today – rest assured the Lord is calling you, to not look back and drop everything, taking nothing with you and say Yes Lord, send me, I will go wherever You lead me, I will follow.
Are you ready? For this next part, all I did is take direct statements out of the Bible pertaining to disciples so we get a clear picture of the true nature of one who said yes to the Lord when He called them. Everything is scripture based – I only condensed it into terms applicable to our own lives.
Disciples/Apostles are basically the same thing – being disciplined followers of Jesus who lead others.
CHARACTER WITNESS TO CHRIST –
- Constant companions sent to lost sheep who have ears to hear, eyes to see and a heart that is read to repent – these 3 qualifications are a necessity prior to anyone receiving the gospel message – open ears, open eyes and a repentant heart. Disciples do not preach to the choir, nor are they sent to those who do not wish to see, hear and repent – having wisdom to know when to shake the dust off and move to the next village of people, so to speak.
- Frequently persecuted for their obedience and faith
- Sometimes slayed – by words or actions of unbelievers or the religious
- Crying out continually to the Lord
- Carry authority by anointing through chastisement
- Commissioned by the Lord Himself
- Minister to others by what Jesus has shown them personally in trials and tribulations
- Witness to those they are sent to – by opening their blinded eyes to see, turn people away from darkness to the light and removing power over the captives from satan in exchange to God’s power ruling over them so they are forgiven of sins and receive the inheritance of life and faith
- Set captives free by exposing sin through deliverance to go and sin no more – they always speak of repentance and they themselves walk in it continually
- Preach the Gospel over words of wisdom because they are already wise beyond human understanding having the full knowledge of God within
- Constantly about doing the Father’s business
- Have proven lives this is the more excellent way to live on Earth
- The Word is written on their hearts
- Live to glorify Jesus alone
- Demonstrate great patience – while signs, wonders and deeds follow after them, not before to announce who they are
- Only are appointed by Jesus, not man
- They have a circumcised heart and weep continually
- Gain their revelation only by the Holy Spirit – never seeking man’s knowledge, especially regarding the events in the World
- They are often sent two by two as messengers who work in unity in Jesus for 1 purpose – His plan and His glory
- Never use words to flatter people or seek to be pleasing unto men
- They do not boast on self, contain no false humility – knowing to die is gain, He slayed them already
- They affectionately desire to impart the Gospel to those who are precious to the Lord
- They labor and travail as a witness to Jesus
- Are an ordained preacher by God, which is secondary to the higher calling of being pleasing to the Father
- They speak the truth in Christ and lie not
- Faithful teacher of the ways of holiness
- Cannot bear anyone who does evil
- They try those who say they are apostles and are not, proclaiming they are liars
- They are avenged by God when He punishes evildoers when He judges evil influences upon the Earth
- They form the wall of the city of the New Jerusalem, which is the Bride – the Lord’s wife which comes down from Heaven
- Any harm which is inflicted upon these anointed ones is recompensed directly from the Father, they never repay evil with evil or stand in the way of His judgment because they rest in His will being done
- Willingly speak the fullness of truth in love to all men and women, knowing they often shall be deemed an enemy for not calling evil good and good evil or words of flattery instead of truth.
We know by study and observance disciples do a variety of things here on Earth – they also have a variety of personality traits – just look at the variety of the ones chosen by Jesus – no two looked the same and yet He formed them into unity by His own desire. They have quirks, characteristics and personalities and yet their natures reflected Him. A disciple is chosen not on appearance outwardly even by ministry standards, but rather from the characteristics and qualities by how moldable they are into the Image of their savior. When we seek to understand what qualities a disciple might have, it is not skill based, talents, abilities and things they do or say as much as “who they are” within the heart of the matter. To determine discipleship, one must look inward to the heart – because that is what Jesus looks at and it is all about… the “intentions of the heart.”
Disciples are willing to suffer, which is one reason many are called and not chosen – it looks messy quite often to the natural eye. Jesus Himself was a suffering servant (Isaiah 53) and we know He is the example for all other disciples. Acts 9:16 said we are called by Jesus to suffer – Paul and all the other disciples suffered, some even to the point of physical death – not every disciple will suffer to this degree – the point is, we should be willing to endure whatever hardship that presents itself to us for the sake of Christ and the commissioning of spreading the Gospel on Earth. If this sort of willingness is not present in your heart or the heart of another then that disciple is not worthy of the calling and is either not genuine or not yet properly formed.
Gentleness and love are the hallmarks of a disciple. Jesus said to learn from Him and set the example of being gentle and humble and Paul even spoke of being gentle to those he was sent to, to the point of having such overwhelming love for them he compared himself to a mother caring for her children. To institute discipline a demand of the heart is given so gentleness is associated with it. In discipleship you become the least among those you serve, knowing to who much is given, much is expected.
Disciples are: servants first, recipients of grace, contain great love, have a heart to discipline, are clothed in humility, have great patience, are trustworthy, are devoted with undivided loyalty to Jesus and are basically of ANOTHER SPIRIT. There are saved and unsaved and then there are… disciples.
Being a true disciple has nothing to do with how charismatic a person is or what great leadership skills they have or whether they are intelligent. Anyone in the World is able to be charismatic or smart – but God is looking for one thing alone in choosing His disciples – HE LOOKS FOR A CERTAIN MEASURE OF THE HEART to see if it is moldable and teachable – void of rebellion. Apostles are not born from a woman, they are called and then made as they suffer, obey and follow in Jesus’s footsteps regardless of the difficulty they face. It is through years of qualifying that they become the kind of people God asks them to be.
If talents or outward qualities were required, some of the World’s most talented unbelieving people would be serving Jesus right now. God is searching the Earth for people of character and of these He calls some to be disciples, knowing they already have said yes in their hearts to Him, so He will train them many years to possibly only use them for a very short time. Jesus was trained for over thirty years to be used for only three.
To become a disciple we must operate in a continual season of yieldedness and surrender, a daily emptying of self desires by the moving of the Holy Spirit operating within – quite often the Lord will pull a disciple away from all of this life and intimate relationships to impart within a thorough knowledge of Himself. As a disciple you will continue to grow, change and be changed until you finish your race/time here on Earth. The Kingdom is at hand and the Kingdom is within you – but please realize until you fully depart from the earthly kingdom you cannot be one in fullness with the Lord in His Kingdom.
Again… God looks for inward purity of the heart when anointing disciples. He tries the heart to see if it seeks to please Him and if it will conform to Jesus by staying teachable by embracing correction for redeeming repentance. He does this so that we not shy away from preaching the good news imparted following a contrite heart that repents. A disciple never excuses sin, but sees the destruction and death it brings by introducing the cleansing blood of Jesus.
A disciple realizes that depending on who’s presence you are in… you will smell sweet with the aroma of life in Jesus or smell like death as a reminder to those who will perish if they remain in the current state they are in. (2 Corinthians 2:15-16)
Okay…. So 2 Corinthians chapters 4-7 gives us a pure example of just how one might plead with such compassionate love for those who choose darkness over light, while speaking the truth to their rebellion, giving an opportunity for them to repent by not glossing over sin but pointing to Jesus as a way of escape out of walking in darkness.
What I did is take these lovely chapters and put them into letter form by paraphrasing as if Paul himself was writing to you today. In this letter, I pray you will discern Paul’s deep love for all and his devoted life to sharing the Gospel after he counted the cost and said yes to the Lord and His commands. You will sense the pleading in Paul’s heart, knowing if those he loved stayed in rebellion they would perish and the relief which comes once many chose the path of repentance and what joy and celebration Paul had in his heart from the fruit of his labors. Like with all scriptures, you will see you in what I read.
As I read to you this modified scripture in letter form – take notice of how your heart reflects Paul’s and Jesus’s, pay attention to the skills given to Paul to redeem the lost by preaching the Word in love and learn from him as the Lord guides.
Here we go… Paul’s letter to the Corinthians found in 2 Corinthians 4 – 7 ~
So beloved as I read this letter, may it be of comfort to you – depending on whether you are hearing a distinct call from the Lord to rise up and be His anointed servant – I pray it is an example to you how to share the fullness of the Gospel with others or if you are still on the fence, entertaining sin not quite laying your life down for the sake of righteousness I pray you receive the truth written in love and if you are like me, still growing into the fullness of Jesus it will embrace you to keep holding onto to the hem of Jesus’s garment and growing in Him each day.
2 Corinthians 4-7 ~~ A Letter From Paul
Knowing I am one who has been renounced through the hidden things of dishonestly for the manifesting of the truth, please be aware, although I am troubled on every side I am not distressed and while being perplexed by what is happening I am not in despair. I’ve been persecuted continually but never forsaken by the Lord Jesus while most often cast down by humanity I am never destroyed. Rather I go through these challenges so that the life of Jesus may manifest through me in my mortal flesh. It is because of Him and my faith in Him that I faint not, even though my outward man may perish, inwardly I am renewed day by day. I also may suffer light affliction at times, in exchange for eternal glory that is eternally everlasting.
I must remind you to not look at what is seen with the natural eyes, but look at that which you cannot physically see, as the things which you can see with your own eyes at this moment are temporary, but the things you cannot see are eternal, knowing that while home in this natural body is to be absent by some degree from the Lord Jesus. We are only to be walking by faith and loyalty not natural sight in these days. We as His disciples labor together so that present or absent in this life or the next we may be accepted by Him.
Be mindful, all shall appear before the judgement seat of Christ. Everyone on that day shall receive things done while in His Body, according to what Jesus would do while here, whether good or bad. You may have heard this judgment is for the world, when in truth He shall judge His own one day whether their deeds were wicked or righteous, handing out recompenses accordingly.
Be ready to give an answer to those who glory in the appearance only and not inwardly of the heart. Know that if a person actually is in Christ Jesus, he is a new creature, old things have died and he has become all new, in that they no longer seek out the ways of a sinful lifestyle.
Never forget it is only through Jesus we are reconciled back to God. Since we have now become ambassadors for Jesus we ought to continually pray the same for others. We should not go around using the grace which has been bestowed upon us for self-gain, taking the Lord’s name in vain for self-promotion as now is the day of salvation for all of us.
Seek to maintain a walk of holiness at all times and cause no offensive act to cause harm to others in that the ministry of Jesus is blamed for your sinful ways. How you respond to everything in this World, reveals who you are and who you belong to, so in all things be a minister of God showing patience, while in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, when beaten, imprisoned, in tumults, in labors, while watching and fasting.
It is by pureness of the heart, knowledge of God, with longsuffering and kindness we are to be led by the Holy Spirit through unfeigned love. By words of truth, the power of God, an amour bearer of righteousness and when honored or dishonored or spoken evil of or good of, called a deceiver when you are indeed truthful, when unknown and known and viewed as dying but are actually among the living, especially when chastised by the Lord, yet not killed, as sorrowful yet rejoicing, being poor while making others rich, realizing we have nothing yet… We possess everything in attaining a life laid down through Jesus.
If I may… please heed to the following instructions to keep you protected and safe in pureness, as a Child of God from my heart of love…
Be not unequally yoked mingling together with unbelievers, for what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness and what communion has light with darkness and what agreement has Jesus with wickedness. In truth, what part does one who believes have to share and partake in with an unbeliever who does not trust in God, for God said I will dwell in them, walk inside them and I will be their God and they shall be My people. Come out from among them who are unrighteous, be ye separated from among them through a setting apart and exclusion and touch not unclean things and I will receive you as My own, meaning grant you My favor through My kindness. I calling you to leave a place of your own accord, to depart from them even to the point you must forsake the assembling together and escape for your own safety. As I declared you must not touch unclean things in order to be found Holy, I expect you to not cling to or adhere to, nor have any carnal intimate involvement with those who do not walk in My ways and commands. As a child of light you must have no fellowship with or attach oneself to those who practice wickedness.
Should you surrender your rebellious ways and come out from among them… I shall be a Father unto you and embrace you. I shall infuse My very own spirit into you and govern your mind. I shall rule over you and uphold you as your guard and protector. I no longer will be your judge, but your loving Father and we shall share a close bond of intimacy, you and I – sharing in my divine nature. The fruit of this separation is I shall make you familiar with My purposes and appoint you to carry out and explain the plan of salvation which is being offered to all who dwell upon the Earth as… Many are called for this position, but few are chosen.
Our loving Father gave us these promises Beloved, in order we cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit while perfecting and executing holiness in the fear of God as we reverence Him as one would their own husbandman.
We pray you receive us, understanding we’ve wronged no one, we’ve corrupted no one, nor have we defrauded any or taken advantage of their weaknesses. I speak this message not to condemn you, but because you are in our hearts to live with and to die with you as in the new union in Christ Jesus.
Great is my boldness of speech towards you, in that I have been granted the freedom to speak openly with you. Great is my glorying of you in boasting and I am filled with comfort and joyful in all tribulations when you come into my mind. When we first met with you we had come from a place in which our flesh had no rest and we were troubled on every side, we were outwardly fighting and inwardly very fearful. Then God, Himself comforted us when we were cast down. But it was at that moment I heard of your desire, mourning and your mind towards me so I rejoiced even more in my own afflicted state. I had instructed you, you received my correction, applied the instruction and now I can rejoice with you as you are conformed into the image of Christ, as a result of when one speaks truth in love to an open heart such as yours.
I realize I made you very sorry with my words – I don’t repent of what I wrote to you, but I do constantly repent myself knowing what I wrote made you sorrowful for a season. But now… I rejoice because you were made sorry and because it was in your sorrow you repented – you were made sorry in a godly way so the truth is you were in no way damaged by us by the fullness of truth, as Godly sorrow works through repentance to salvation while sorrow in worldly enticements brings death. It was in your sorrow you became careful of your actions, cleansed of all sin, now without any sort of indignation and having a true fear of the Lord in reverence of Him with a full desire for Him with zeal so that in all things you have been found approved and favored in His sight.
Please know, I didn’t write because you were wrong or had suffered the wrong of another, but because I care for you and desire the sight of God be given unto you. It is in your comfort we ourselves find comfort and joy by your change. We spoke all things to you in truth, though our inward affliction is abundant, just seeing how obedient to the Lord you are now and how with fear and trembling you have received the truth relieves me so much that now I can rejoice and have confidence in you concerning all things.
Love in Jesus,
Your fellow servant and brother, Paul and my devoted counterparts
How beautiful is that? Thank You Lord… If you want a copy, you can email me.
Hopefully, I was obedient to the Lord today myself. And hopefully, I kindled that fire within you for the true nature of your calling. It is precious and dear to my heart because some of you are already writing letters of instruction while on the Prison Ministry Outreach Team – you’ve overcome self enough to speak the truth in love to those who need it most, not calling evil good and good evil, but offering up the Gospel of Jesus for the sake of redemption void of partiality. Many of you whether in the prison ministry or not have said yes Lord send me… to make disciples of all men/women who are being called. And just how would one go about that? Giving instruction, sharing the Word with all who will listen.
Just to review quick about disciples… if anything I am going to share speaks to your heart, bringing it to life – it is the still small voice of Jesus inviting you to be His disciple.
- Have a yearning inside you cannot explain to glorify Jesus by telling others of His redemptive love, you might be marked to disciple.
- Are not satisfied to just be counted as sinless, you might be marked to disciple.
- Have a heart for the lost and to set the captives free, you might be marked to disciple.
- Feel as if this World has nothing for you, you might be marked to disciple.
- Already practice daily repentance and love the chastisement of the Lord, you might be marked to disciple.
- Have turned away from rebellion, resisting evil, never justifying sin in yourself or others, you might be marked to disciple.
- Read the Word and apply it into your own life continually by not just hearing the Word, but doing it, you might be marked to disciple.
- Desire to forsake everything, let go of all the World has to offer and be sent out as a messenger, you might be marked to disciple.
- Fear God over man and do not engage with devils on a person level, you might be marked as a disciple.
- Have a Godly sorrow in your heart to tears for the lost, you might be marked as a disciple.
- Contain a purity of love in the fullness of truth, you might be marked as a disciple.
- Are sober in the mind, not saturated with anything grounded in carnality or cares of this world, you might be marked as a disciple.
- Die daily all the day long, have no reputation, seek no name for yourself and live only to glorify Jesus, you might be marked as a disciple.
- Are either male or female with a heart for Jesus to be seen within the life you live as a demonstration of His miraculous ways, you might be a disciple.
- Willingly are open to share who you were before Christ and who you are now as living proof of His purifying love, you might be marked as a disciple.
So how will you know? If you have gotten to the place spiritually that you are content with Jesus, when you are in lack of things in this life or satisfied in this life and you do not complain nor do you waiver… If you can actually be so devoted to Jesus that when an unbeliever seeks to leave, you willingly let them go and trust them in His hands – get ready to be sent out as one of His disciples, you’ve surrendered for Him to lead you in the constraints of a disciplined life within the realm of love itself., no longer demanding love but as a conduit of love which respects the freewill of all to worship Him in spirit and in truth. In essence, a disciple is constantly seeking WWJD in every situation they find themselves presented with.
The truth is… All who follow Jesus are given an invitation to be His disciples who are sent out to make disciples, but the reason only a few are chosen is greatly because few are willing to pick up their cross and follow Him in such a way.