Ed Dobson, in his book The Year of Living like Jesus, and Dallas Willard, in his 1997 work The Divine Conspiracy, both emphasize an important aspect of Christian spirituality/ritual/life that is consistently neglected: Being a student of Jesus. Rob Bell also comments in a 2010 issue of Neue Magazine that he first has to become a disciple of Jesus before he leads.
What does it mean to be a Student of Jesus? Study His life and teachings and learn from him?
I’ll be the first to admit that I am not always as passionate as I should be about Jesus. Knowing that he is the Savior of the world and one who loves me enough to die for me should invoke a bit more excitement inside of my being. And if I believe that in Christ are the answers to some of the deepest questions of human existence, why am I not pursuing his knowledge like a treasure?
Dallas Willard poses three questions about the message he preaches, which I think should be at the heart of all ministry:
1. . Does the gospel I preach and teach have a natural tendency to cause people who hear it to become full-time students of Jesus?
2. Would those who believe it become his apprentices as a natural ‘next step’?
3. What can we reasonably expect would result from people actually believing the substance of my message?
I plan on posting more about this topic, being a disciple of Jesus, as I learn more.
Christ, you are the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Help us to desire you more fully and to love you more desperately as we become your students.
Question to Remember: “What does it mean to be a Student of Jesus?”