“A pupil is not above his teacher; but everyone, after he has been fully trained, will be like his teacher.” Lk 6:40.
It is a rare thing for a sinner to become like Jesus.
They follow Jesus and leave behind whatever hinders them. Work, family, and possessions aren’t permitted to hinder the disciple from becoming like the teacher. Jesus said, “Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.” Lk 6:38. He is master of his possessions and not the other way around.
This rare disciples is an outcast to the world. If you are hated and persecuted, Jesus says the disciple is blessed, Lk 6:22.
A disciple doesn’t let evil corrupt him, but in fact he continues to show love and mercy to his enemy, Lk 6:27,36.
A true disciple spends more time judging himself that he does in judging others, Lk 6:41,
As the tree is known by its fruit, so the disciple is known by the way he conducts himself, Lk 6:44. It is a rare thing to see a true disciple.
There are many who would be a disciple, but they are always hindered. Their time is still too precious to them to sacrifice more of it to Christ’s work. Their money is still too precious to give to their hurt. Their worldly friends are still too precious. For these, it’s obvious to God that they have their Christian life and they have their worldly life. Jesus warned that this is idolatry and displeasing to the Father, Lk 16:13.
The disciple is a student of the teachings of Jesus Christ. It follows that the disciple clings to the Word of God without adding or taking away from it. Many have claimed to be disciples, but they have caused much division by adding their lusty preferences. A disciple is happy to speak only what the Teacher has spoken.
Jesus said “It is enough for the disciple that he become like his teacher, and the slave like his master” Mt 10:25. This level and depth and measure of discipleship is rare to find. But it is exactly what Jesus calls for in you and in me. – Dan M