Why does discipleship fail so often today? Because we’ve lost the very core. When “everyone” is a “disciple” it seems that no one is a disciple.
This is a passionate call to rise up and change the world today by being a follower of our Savior and Rabbi Jesus. The Hebrew word for disciple is TALMID. Talmidim (plural) followed a Rabbi. Today, we are called to be talmidim and Jesus is our Rabbi. If we are going to be just like our Rabbi, we must know our Rabbi. Today, discipleship has often been reduced to showing up at a worship service and Bible class.
Will you get to know your Rabbi? To know Him, we must begin by knowing what He’s already done. And then we can begin to discover what He’s doing now.
The ancient rabbis said that talmidim should follow their rabbi so closely that they become “covered in his dust.” This is a call to know and follow Jesus. Follow Him. Talk to Him. Watch Him. Know Him. Be like Him. Cover yourself in His dust because you’ve followed Him so closely and want more badly than anything else in the world to be like Him.
And then…once we become talmidim ourselves, we can really begin to rescue a watered down, 21st century idea of discipleship by making more talmidim. But we can’t make what we have not already become. Do you want to make disciples? Then first you have to be a disciple. Become talmidim. Go make talmidim. It’s the Rabbi’s way.
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