If you are a believer who has confessed and accepted Jesus, we say you are Christian because you have identified with Christ and you have God’s nature in you. You have been made righteous. So, simply put, a Christian is a someone who identifies with Christ whereas, a Disciple is more than that.
A disciple is a follower. Someone who does as he is told or who give his all to do as he is told. A person who adheres strictly to instruction given by his master and at the same time making the master his rule of life and conduct.
When we confess Jesus, we tell him to come and have rule over lives, that’s the first step, but it is more than that. We need to allow him have that rule indeed, so we must go a step further to doing the things he commands.
Examine it critically, if I have a mentor that I am supposed to submit to, everyday, I send him a text saying “Hello Mentor, I honor you and submit to you” but subsequently, the things he tells me to do, I don’t do them, it simply means I only want to identify with him and not follow him.
Yes it is possible to be a Christian and not a Disciple. It is possible to want to be a christian and not want to live like one. It is possible to go to Church every week and not interested in doing more than that.
James 2: 19 says, “You believe there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.” God doesn’t just want us to believe in him, He wants us follow him and do as he says.
First John 2:3-4 tells us, “We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. The man who says, ‘I know him,’ but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him.”
There’s no 100% disciple. The Scriptures shows us that there is room for failure and sin in our pursuit of God. His mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3). His grace is sufficient (2 Corinthians 12:9).
So there will be time when we mess up, it doesn’t mean you were never really a genuine Christian in the first place.
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