"What is a Disciple?"Stuart Jones What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus? Being a disciple means being a follower of Jesus. In Luke 9:23 NIV, Jesus says, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me." Jesus allowed Himself to be led to a place where He would suffer greatly. He humbled Himself so that He could die. He did not boast in Himself. He did not seek His own. He did not remember a wrong suffered. Instead, He loved. He taught. He healed. He forgave. This is what He meant when He said to pick up our cross and follow Him. He wants us to follow Him to the place where we die to ourselves, live with humility, do not boast, forgive, love, are kind and bring glory to God. This is what He is asking of us because this is what He exemplified. We cannot serve two masters. Either Jesus is Lord of our lives or we are. Being a disciple may not come naturally for many of us. But, Jesus lets us grow and learn from our successes as well as our mistakes. He allows us the opportunities to die to ourselves and grow in Him. He provides the means for us to put others first. Every day can be an opportunity to be a true disciple of Jesus. Whether or not someone else knows we are a Christian or knows the motives of our heart, we are instructed to "walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing forbearance to one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace," Ephesians 4:1-3 NIVUK. It is a high calling. Are we being true disciples of Jesus?