The Essence of Discipleship

As a disciple of Jesus Christ, how do you reflect His character and desires? What makes your discipleship visible—and perhaps encourage others to be disciples too? Galen challenges your concept of discipleship with this Global Story

The Global Story is a 3-minute radio program airing Saturdays at 10:25 AM on WDAC, 94.5 FM.


Welcome to “The Global Story,” a weekly glimpse into how God is at work through the global Body of Christ. This is Galen from Global Disciples.

As Global Disciples, we put our efforts into training and equipping people to be disciples … and to make disciples of Jesus Christ. The essence of discipleship is following and obeying Jesus. And in the process, we become more like Him in our thoughts, our motives, our speech, our actions, our relationships and priorities.

One morning, I was reading Second Peter, a letter written to those who, “through the righteousness of God and our Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours.” And in chapter 1, verse 2, Peter writes in this: “Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and excellence. Through these he has given us his great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption of the world caused by evil desires.”

That phrase—participate in the divine nature—really caught my attention. I love the idea of being “co-laborers with Christ” as it says in First Corinthians 3:9. And I’ve often talked about doing what we do for, to, and with Christ—as an act of worship to God. That all we do is done for God and for His glory. And that nothing is impossible, because we do it all with power of the Spirit which raised Jesus from the dead.

But in Second Peter, it struck me that we are invited to participate with God—not only in what we do, but to participate in His divine nature. To become like him in character and in our desires. To have the mind of Christ we read about in Philippians 2:5-8—being humble servants, obedient even to death. Think about that.

That’s our great challenge in becoming a disciple…and in making disciples too.

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