The word ‘disciple’ is mentioned 269 times in the New Testament. A ‘disciple’ is a student, a learner attached to a teacher. The Christian disciple is, therefore, a learner who is committed to spending his/her life apprenticed to Christ. The Christian disciple is a learner of wisdom – not just intellectual knowledge, but imitating Christ.
To imitate Christ is to discover our true identities – that we are fearfully and wonderfully made, profoundly valuable in His eyes. To take on the challenge of freely giving way to others, and holding their interests above our own, not because we have to – but because we choose to. To allow God to have His way with us – and know that way will bring us more than we could ever ask or imagine.