Essay about The Work of Discipleship

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The Work of Discipleship

A disciple is ‘one who wishes to follow and learn from another’. A disciple believes in and helps to spread the teachings of another. Jesus gathered disciples around him to help him with his mission. The number of disciples he chose, twelve, is significant. Jesus links the twelve disciples in the New Testament and the twelve tribes of Israel in the Old Testament. This is the connection between the Old and the New Covenants

When Jesus called them, they instantly left everything to follow him. Well, Simon (Peter), Andrew, James and John did anyway. The Rich Young Man could not take the final leap of faith. He had kept the Ten Commandments since he was young. All he
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But they kept going.

The disciples had to listen very carefully to the words of Jesus in order to learn all they needed to know. He explained a lot of things to the disciples, for example through parables. He explains to them the Parable of the Sower. He tells them that the sower sows God’s message and the four different surfaces they land on represent the different ways in which people react to it. The seeds that land on the rocky ground are like people who receive the message gladly. However, the message of God does not sink in deep enough so whenever persecution comes because of the message they give it up instantly. Other people are like those sown in the good soil. They hear the message, accept it, and bear fruit. Jesus’ conversation with the Rich Young Man made them change their attitudes towards materialism and other people because Jesus said:

“How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!

Many who are last will be first, and the last first.”

Mark 10.24, 31

Jesus also taught them, through the Parable of the Mustard Seed, that the smallest seed can grow up to be the biggest plant and birds from all around will make their nests in its branches. This means that they are the small seed and they can make a vast kingdom, with many followers, where anyone is welcome.

As disciples, they were always

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