As we begin this new series on Discipleship, let us commit to examining ourselves as Disciples. Jesus defines what it means to be a disciple in Matthew 4:19 when He said, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”  The Apostle Paul also said in 2 Corinthians 13:5, “Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!” This is a self-exam so you do not have to share your answers with anyone unless you want to. Also, do not refuse to take this self-examination because that may indicate that you are wary of the results. Take a moment to reflect on your life as a Disciple.
- “Follow Me” – A disciple of Jesus Christ follows Jesus Christ and no one else. A disciple of Jesus Christ calls Jesus “Lord” and submits Himself to Him.
Question: “Am I someone who follows Jesus?”
- ____ No! No one tells me what to do! Not even Jesus. I am my own boss.
- ____ I think so, but I don’t know. I usually don’t think about it because I am too busy.
- ____ I think I am a follower of Jesus, but not sure what it means to “follow Him”.
- ____ I know I am a follower of Jesus and in spite of my failures He graciously helps me to follow Him daily.
- ____ I am sold out and committed to following every moment of the day.
- “And I will Make You” – A disciple of Jesus Christ is being changed by Jesus Christ. Jesus takes us just as we are, but does not leave us as He found us. He is committed to daily transforming us to become more like Him.
Question: “Is Jesus changing me?”
- ____ Jesus is not changing me because I don’t want Him to change me. I am fine just as I am.
- ____ I don’t really think about whether or not my life is different or that I have been changed since I began following Jesus.
- ____ I want to change but it seems I take three steps forward and two steps back.
- ____ I can definitely list areas of my life that Jesus has changed.
- ____ It is becoming a habit for me to lay down my ideas and let Him change it.
- “Fishers of Men” – A disciple of Jesus Christ is committed to Jesus’ mission to seek and to save the lost.
Question: At what level is my commitment to the mission of Jesus?
- ____ I do not care about Jesus or His mission.
- ____ I know I should but I have too much going on in my life at this time.
- ____ I try, but I have been confused at times as to what part I play.
- ____ I am committed to Jesus’ mission, but need help and encouragement to do it.
- ____ I am sold out and using my time and resources regularly to make disciples.
- If your answers are mostly “1’s” then you are indicating that you are Hostile towards discipleship and Jesus. You do not love Jesus and therefore do not know Jesus as your Savior and Lord. Your greatest need is to repent and be saved.
- If your answers are mostly “2’s”, then you are indicating that you are Apathetic towards discipleship and Jesus. You claim to know Jesus but you have little to no desire or energy to follow Him. You must examine whether or not Christianity is a game you are playing or if you have drifted into lukewarmness (Rev 3:15). Your greatest need is to repent and “remember your first love” (Rev 2:4).
- If your answers are mostly “3’s”, then you are indicating that you are Confused about discipleship and Jesus. You may or may not be a Christian or you are a Christian and are unsure about what you should be doing. Your greatest need if you are unsaved is to be saved and have assurance of salvation. Your greatest need if you are saved is to be taught about what you should be doing and equipped to do it (Eph 4:12).
- If your answers are mostly “4’s”, then you are indicating that you are Committed to discipleship and Jesus. You love Jesus. He is your Savior and Lord. You are committed to following Him and telling others about Him. You are aware of your sin and your failures, but do not grow disheartened because Jesus helps you every day. Your greatest need is encouragement and help to continue.
- If your answers are mostly “5’s”, then you are Fully Committed to the work of Jesus and discipleship. Jesus is your greatest treasure and you are living your life as a “living sacrifice” (Rom 12:1-2) to Jesus. Very few reach this level but we all should strive to be here. Also, those who are truly here are the most humble people because they are daily aware of their need for Jesus and His grace and mercy.
 One of the best resources on this verse is Jim Putman’s “Real-Life Discipleship”. Free copies are available upon request.