distinguish between the important, non-negotiable characteristics of a disciple
and the less significant traits.
Our fingers can serve as useful mnemonics to help us remember five important
marks of a true disciple: Thumb: Thisfinger forms a stable grip with every other finger of the hand in order to pick up objects, an action called opposition. Thus, the thumb acts like a SERVANT of sorts, in touch with the needs of everyone else.
Index finger: This points the way, a fitting description for the WORD, a lamp to our feet, a light to our path (Psalm 119:105). It also tells us that teachers are to be honoured for they point the correct way for others to follow (1 Timothy 5:17, Ezra 7:10).
Middle finger: Because it is the longest of them all, it reaches out in LOVE to others, bears all things, and hopes all things (1 Corinthians 13:7).
Ring finger: A ring signifies a union between a man and woman in holy matrimony. What comes next after marriage? Children. So this finger is to remind us to be FRUITFUL. Not only bear fruit, but much fruit (Luke 8:8).
Little finger: This is the shortest and most diminutive. So it is a symbol of SELF-DENIAL. He must increase, I must decrease (John 3:30).
even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his
life as a ransom for many.
Mark 10: 45
TO THE WORD
said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain
faithful to my teachings. And you
will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
John 8: 31-32
this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
this my Father is glorified, that you bear
much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.
he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross
daily and follow me.
Luke 9: 23
Now that we are
acquainted with the five important attributes of a disciple, what are the other
qualities that are good to have but not so essential for a disciple?
charisma, magnetic personality, ability to perform miracles, interpersonal and relational
skills are some of these helpful—and much sought after—but less critical
qualities of a disciple.
believer with all the thunder, "bells and whistles", crowd appeal and miracle working
ability might eventually be shut out from heaven, being told “I never knew you”:
everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but
the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will
say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons
in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare
to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you
workers of lawlessness.’
the way, would we fault a believer if he or she is more like Mother Teresa, if
she does not have the qualities found in charismatic leaders who are able to
mesmerise the crowd and perform miracles?
do we continue to clap, cheer and absolve a leader who embezzles church funds
just because he has charisma on stage? http://goo.gl/5tBN8S
Why do we put on a pedestal those
qualities that pale into insignificance without the key element of love?
if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and
if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing”
(1 Corinthians 13:2).
what do you think is the true measure of a disciple? Is it based on his
eloquence, public image or popularity as judged by the number of followers and
‘likes’ he gets on social media? Does it rest on how much anointing or power he
has? Or how many spectacular miraculous feats he can perform? Are there not
other important considerations such as character, intimacy with God, obedience,
self-denial and faithfulness? The foregoing does not imply that charisma and
spiritual gifts are unimportant. The moral of the story is that we must not put
the cart before the horse. http://goo.gl/gTxXmP RELATED POSTS
WHAT TRULY MATTERS IN
the end of our lives when we stand before the judgment seat, what do you think are
the qualities that matter most?
may take us places but it takes character to keep us there or prevent us from
falling. When we attain fame, fortune and power, will we be able to hold on to
the values we once cherished as dear?
Leadership lessons gleaned from Nehemiah’s
life—the six S’s
a “nobody” with the courage to lead a group of people to rebuild a city wall in
a faraway land. Few among his peers—whether they were somebody or nobody—would
ever dare attempt such a great exploit. That’s why Nehemiah, a king’s
cupbearer, never fails to inspire me when the subject of leadership crops up.
leaders are the key people who make or break an organisation, they certainly deserve
our respect and support. But we should not “idolise” them to the extent we
think they can do no wrong even in the face of glaring evidence to the
contrary. Like all men, they too are weak and fallible.