The desire to be a disciple of God is in part driven out of our understanding and appreciation for our relationship with God. We read in Romans 5:7-8 about how precious and powerful the Father’s love for us truly is when it is depicted in the light of our human condition of sin and brokenness. God’s love as it is expressed here in this passage seems to be explaining the true nature of God and not the worthiness of man. The wording that Paul is using here in verse 8, “while we were yet sinners” can be broken down in this way…“while we were yet sinners..while we were yet helpless..while we were enemies..”  This is something that describes all of mankind prior to receiving salvation through God’s love and grace.  It is important that we stop and take a closer look at this aspect in order for us to understand the depth of God’s love for us. 

God in His infinite glory has overlooked all of our sinfulness and sent His one and only Son to die on the cross for us taking on the wrath and judgement that we deserve for our sin. This single act of love is an undeserved and gracious gift that we should cherish above everything else. This gift should be more than enough to stir up inside of us a desire to want to follow Christ by becoming a true disciple in all aspects of our lives because there is a direct connection that exists between experiencing God’s goodness, grace, and love, and our hungering for more of Him.

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.