4 qualities of a disciple

One of my husband’s acquaintances gifted him (a Jew) with a painting depicting the calling of the first disciples.

From a young age I have loved and appreciated good art…and this painting does not qualify for my award of “art”. But I love the painting…because it reminds of this powerful passage in the Bible (Mark 1:16-20 NLT):-

One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living.  Jesus called out to them,“Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!”  And they left their nets at once and followed him.

 A little farther up the shore Jesus saw Zebedee’s sons, James and John, in a boat repairing their nets.  He called them at once, and they also followed him, leaving their father, Zebedee, in the boat with the hired men.

In a few lines the gospel-writer Mark challenges us about discipleship. As a one-time backslider, Mark himself may have been convicted by the example of 3 simple fishermen.

What do these fishermen teach us about disciple-ship:-

  1. Faithfulness:  We can easily miss this bit, but they were all being faithful “on the job” (as fishermen) when Jesus called them.  Many of the people God called were faithful in their “secular” jobs.  David was tending his father’s sheep, Moses was looking for a lost sheep, Amos was farming, Elisha was ploughing his field…
  2. Obedience: when Jesus commanded them, they obeyed immediately. They did not hesitate. They did not fear.
  3. Sacrifice: they gave-up their careers, their livelihood, homes, and their loved ones…forsaking all, they cleaved to him who is ALL.
  4. Trust: they trusted him fully.

One thought on “4 qualities of a disciple

  1. Amen and thank you. S.O.F.T = Sacrifice, Obedience, Faithfulness and Trust. G.E.N.T.L.E. = God, Empathy, Naturalness, Thoughtfulness, Love, Emptying (of self) – ? qualities of a christian counsellor ? (always remembering that Jesus the “Wonderful Counsellor” is our role model!

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