Preface: Jesus didn’t come to this earth to destroy, but to save. The tidings of His mercy preceded Him.
The only way a person can claim possession of something is when he or she owns the rights to do so. Many are the people who have been granted possessions. Such is the case of one of my friends, whose father died. My friend had all the rights to claim his father’s possessions because a written testament gave him the rights to claim them.
When Christ died on the cross, He redeemed all humanity from the penalty of sin. Through His blood, He also claimed us from the enemy’s hand. Once reconciled again to Christ, we were all adopted as His children, and a special mission of being true disciples was given to all.
During this week we have analyzed the parables from the book of Luke 7, 12, and 14. In these parables we see vividly illustrated what a true disciple will do for his master. Nevertheless, it is sad to say that many of Christ’s so-called disciples are full of worldly ambitions, selfishness, and lack of love. They have lost sight of the precious treasure. But Christ has offered to transform their lives daily.
“Christ, the heavenly merchantman seeking goodly pearls, saw in lost humanity the pearl of great price. In man, defiled and ruined by sin, He saw the possibilities of redemption. Hearts that have been the battleground of the conflict with Satan, and that have been rescued by the power of love, are more precious to the Redeemer than are those who have never fallen.”1
Christ’s love and mercy are so abundant that He gives to every penitent sinner an opportunity to become a true disciple. Some of the traits of a true disciple are:
1. Willingness to renounce self with the help of the Holy Spirit.
2. Cherishing the cost of following Christ day after day.
3. Willingness to share earthly possessions and the spiritual treasures they have discovered by being in contact with Jesus Christ.
At times I am afraid, for when I make a conscious check of my life I realize that it is not complying with all the requirements of a true disciple. But I have found good news:
“Do not listen to the enemy’s suggestion to stay away from Christ until you have made yourself better; until you are good enough to come to God. . . . Tell the enemy that the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses from all sin.”2
There is hope in Jesus through His Spirit. Christ can help us become true disciples. We need to claim His promises and make His treasure ours.
What characteristics do you believe a true disciple should possess?
1. Ellen G. White, Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 118.
2. Ibid., pp. 205, 206.