The Greek word for “disciple” that we find in the New Testament is “mathetas”, which describes someone who adheres completely to the teachings of another. In other words, to be a true disciple of Christ means to fully surrender your life to God, learning from Him and striving to live a life where Christ is at the center.
The gospel literally translates as the “good news.” The good news is the fact that we were once dead in our sin but now have been made alive through the death and resurrection of Jesus on the cross. As disciples of Christ, the gospel message should be central to every aspect of who we are. God desires to be in a relationship with us and for us to reflect His mercy to the world.
We read in Luke 9:23-24, “Then he said to them all, “If anyone wants to follow after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of me will save it.” We see that Jesus makes it very clear that to follow Him was not going to be an easy thing, but it was going to require everything. To be a true disciple requires a fully committed life.