Sunday, July 30th, 2017
Name Tags: You Are... (Part 31)
A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for a disciple that he be like his teacher, and a servant like his master.
Matthew 10:24-25 (NKJV)
He stretched out His hand toward His disciples and said, 'Here are My mother and My brothers!'
Matthew 12:49 (NKJV)
Then Jesus said to His disciples, 'If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.'
Matthew 16:24 (NKJV)
So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them.
Matthew 21:6 (NKJV)
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen.
Matthew 28:19-20 (NKJV)
To me, a grave mistake has arisen concerning one unassuming name tag. I think it's a mandatory name tag. It refers to the followers of Christ. It's the Bible's most often used name tag, written 270 times in the Gospels and 30 times in Acts.*
Christians are disciples, meaning students** of Jesus Christ, our Lord. No more. No less. It's a fitting name to wear on our chests. So we can remember we're not masters. Just One Man owns the right to that title. We're not teachers either. God's Spirit is. Can He teach through us? Yes, and that's His plan, but we mustn't get wise in our own eyes.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Appreciate your role as students, because you're officially enrolled in the Lord's Training Academy.*** You graduate when you leave this earth. Therefore, while you're here, you're still in school. So don't get uppity in your mind, nor uppity in high church titles.
A noteworthy parallel for you is the entertainment industry. The world's smartest stars continue to train, recognizing they have more to learn. Therein, to please God (and even kings), embrace the name tag of disciple.
To Be Continued...
* Bible Gateway search for the word, disciple, NKJV: https://www.biblegateway.com/quicksearch/?search=disciple&version=NKJV&searchtype=all&bookset=4&resultspp=500
** Word Origin of Disciple: Biblical borrowing from Latin discipulus 'pupil, student, follower,' said to be from discere 'to learn...' (Etymology Dictionary).
*** Previous 33-part AMTC Devotion Series, Acting School (link to Part 1): http://amtcdevotions.org/acting-school-part-1-gods-royal-academy