Being a disciple

What the story of Ruth and a song by Chris Tomlin taught Glenn Townend about discipleship.

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“A disciple is someone who in every way is becoming more like Jesus” is the definition of a disciple of Jesus that the South Pacific Division Discipleship Ministries Team is using in their ministry. I like the definition as everyone fits—we are all on a journey. We are all working to deal with our temper or to have courage to share our faith or grow our prayer life or spend more time with family. We all have blind spots so “every way” is needed. Other disciples (for me, my wife and children) can gently point them out and encourage us to work on them.

Ruth was a follower of the one true God. In my daily Bible reading I have just finished the book of Ruth. Ruth, although a Moabite, took a courageous stand to become an Israelite as she followed her mother-in-law Naomi. She committed her everything with no way back (Ruth 1:16,17).

My adult children encouraged me to listen to a song by Chris Tomlin about real discipleship. The lyrics of  “I Will Follow” are worth reflecting on:

Where you go, I’ll go
Where you stay, I’ll stay
When you move, I’ll move
I will follow

All your ways are good
All your ways are sure
I will trust in you alone
Higher than my side
High above my life
I will trust in you alone

Where you go, I’ll go
Where you stay, I’ll stay
When you move, I’ll move
I will follow you
Who you love, I’ll love
How you serve I’ll serve
If this life I lose, I will follow you

Light unto the world
Light unto my life
I will live for you alone
You’re the one I seek
Knowing I will find
All I need in you alone, in you alone

Can you commit to being Jesus’ disciple?

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