What a Disciple Does

by Jonathan Bailey

   3 But know that the LORD has set apart the godly man for Himself;
         The LORD hears when I call to Him. 
   Tremble, and do not sin;
         Meditate in your heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah. 
   Offer the sacrifices of righteousness,
         And trust in the LORD.

Psalm 4.3-5

It is great to know that the God has always been looking for disciples. A disciple is someone who has decided that the most important thing in their life is to be with Jesus, learning to be like Jesus. And this verse shows many, many things that are happening in a disciple’s day-to-day life.

Godly men and women is what God is after and He will accomplish his purpose no doubt. I looked up that word ‘godly’ in the Hebrew language and it means someone who is pious, or kind. God is calling people through His Son Jesus to be set apart. Set a part in the Hebrew means simply, distinct. We should be incredibly distinct but not dogmatic. Distinct means especially easy to perceive. So our lives should be quite obvious to everyone that something is different, but we shouldn’t become legalist, pharisees, or defenders of truth and Christianity. We should be kind. We should be pious. Pious means we show reverence for deity. Pious is not bad, its the people who claim piety that make pious a dirty word.

We should look like the fruit of the Spirit. And that is what we are hoping and praying for as we follow Jesus and trust the Spirit to transform us inwardly, so that our character is reformed and then our behavior will be reformed–not the other way around.

“The Lord hears when I call to Him.” How often am I calling to Jesus? I should be in a daily dialogue, a constant communion with Jesus. Reading, listening, speaking, and obeying.

“Tremble and do not sin.” Disciples are not perfect. In fact we never will be until we see Jesus face to face, however that doesn’t mean we can behave licentiously. We should tremble before we sin, as we sin, and after we sin. We may not tremble so much in the actual doing of sin, but we should tremble before when the temptation sets in and after as the conviction becomes apparent. One mark of the disciple is to be agitated with sin, to quake or quiver.

“Meditate in your heart upon your bed, and be still.” Meditation is rumination. It’s kind of like looking in the attic for something. You are in a confined space and your attention is focused on one thing. Maybe it is a scripture verse, a phrase from an old hymn or perhaps a quote from a devotional book. Whatever it is we are running it over and over in our minds. Looking at every angle, trying to understand every aspect, not letting it go. Of course we are still this entire time. Stillness is badly needed and held in contempt by the 21st century.

“Offer the sacrifices of righteousness.” What are we sacrificing? How many sacrifices can you count that you have made this past year, month, week or morning? While we are certainly not killing any animals or building in altars in our backyard, I still think we have to find ways to sacrifice. Our money is a good start. Let’s give away our time to Jesus, children, addicts, elderly, etc. Let’s sacrifice some of our food and fast. There are so many things!

“And trust in the Lord.” What does doing all of these things mean for the disciple? It means we trust the Lord! We actually trust Him with real stuff not just with our fickle and failing words. These are the things trust are made of. Jesus give us the grace to become your disciples and follow hard after you!

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