“Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.”
Matthew 10:1 NIV
Read: Matthew 10:1-20
When we think of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, James and others we are correct in knowing they were among the first disciples of JESUS, our LORD AND SAVIOUR. At the same time, these men of GOD became known as apostles of JESUS.
We can learn from the scriptures an apostle is also a disciple, yet all disciples are not apostles. A disciple is a follower of CHRIST; a student of scripture, who born again and is faithful in believing in all JESUS tells us and then shares that faith in order to teach others. An apostle is all this and more. Upon accepting CHRIST as your SAVIOUR, your new role is to be a disciple. Are you living a life as a disciple?
JESUS gave the original disciples the power to heal and to drive out demons whom HE called HIS apostles. Mark 3:14 tells us JESUS: “…designating them apostles…” This power was given later to Paul, Matthias (who replaced Judas) and perhaps a dozen others by JESUS.
Some churches claim a hierarchy of apostles, while some individuals claim to be apostles with the power to heal the sick and to drive demons from others. Others hold there are no new apostles, that all apostles were given the authority only by JESUS.
In truth, most struggle with the task of being faithful disciples. Many of those you attend church with are disciples, while many know who JESUS is, but have not truly accepted HIM are not disciples of our RISEN LORD. Being a follower of our LORD AND SAVIOUR is not a passive role.
Has JESUS called you to be HIS disciple? If you have accepted JESUS, you are to be HIS disciple. What are you doing to prove you are HIS disciple?
Today’s prayer: “Thank YOU. JESUS, for giving me YOUR teachings to guide me. Help me use all scriptures to model my life after YOU and to take these teachings to others as YOUR disciple. Amen.”