Devotionals Daily: A Year with Jesus

From Hope for Each Day by Billy Graham

DETERMINED DISCIPLES

“If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.”

--John 8:31

A disciple in Jesus’ time was someone who followed a teacher or philosopher. A disciple was both a learner and a follower, believing the teacher’s message and then putting it into practice.

Jesus gave the word disciple added meaning, however, because His disciples also went out to tell others about Him. A disciple of Jesus, therefore, is someone who has committed his or her life to Jesus and who seeks each day to learn, to follow, and to share Him with others. Does this describe you?

No, the first disciples weren’t perfect, and neither are we. Like them, we need to learn more, follow more, and share more. But all of us who belong to Christ are called to be disciples. Unlike the original disciples, we can’t physically spend time with Jesus, but we can learn from Him by reading His Word. We can follow Him by obeying His will. And we can share Him with a world that desperately needs to be saved.

©2002, 2012 by Billy Graham

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