What Does It Mean to Be the Beloved Disciple Today?

Specifically, today, the beloved disciples of the Lord are the Disciples of Christ.  In other words, all Christ’s believers are his “beloved.”  Hence, all Christ’s believers are also his “disciples”.  If one were to break apart the two words, “beloved disciples,” one would find that they both mean different things, but together are united under the Lord.  A “beloved” person is one who is adored, much loved, respected, and cherished.  In other words, a beloved person is a loved person.  A “disciple” is a believer or follower, a person who holds something in high regard or has faith in something.  The words “beloved” and “disciple” are two very strong and important words in the Bible.  Together, a beloved disciple is a loved person who believes and follows the Lord and His Message.  To be beloved is to be a believer and to be a believer is to be a disciple.  The disciples are the messengers of the Lord.  “The beloved of the Lord rests in safety—the High God surrounds him all day long—the beloved rests between his shoulders” (Deuteronomy 33:12).

In the New Testament “beloved” used exclusively of Divine and Christian love, an affection begotten in the community of the new spiritual life in Christ.  Anyone who is deeply and personally committed to Jesus Christ by faith, who manifests the power and authority of our Lord, and who continues and extends His work, is a disciple.  In the Book of John, when Jesus is talking to the Jews who had believed in him, Jesus said, “If you continue in my word you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free” (John 8:31-32).  People who follow and preach the Word of the Lord and act according to Him will see themselves as modern “beloved disciples” and will discover how to allow God to establish a love relationship with Christ as the motivation for all they seek and do.  To be a disciple is to be like a teacher.  To be Christ’s disciple, then, is to strive to be like Him!

Deciding to be a disciple of Jesus is the most important, and the best decision you could make in your life.  The first thing you should do to be a disciple of Jesus is to accept him as your personal Lord and Savior.  To do this you have to accept the fact that you are a sinner and that Jesus came into this world to die for your sins.  Since Jesus came to this world to die for our sins, we are now cleansed of all our sins.  This gives us the opportunity to go to the place God has prepared for us in Heaven.  Imagine the love Jesus had for us, to die on the cross so that we, who are sinners, could go to Heaven.  For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, so that whoever believes in him shall nit perish but have eternal life.  So now, all we have to do is accept God into our lives.  After we accept God into our lives we have to live a life pleasing to God, as his disciples.  We should read the Bible everyday and see what God has to tell us. This will help us in our day-to-day lives and give us the strength to live as God’s disciples.  It will also help us to find out God’s plan in our lives, to live according to his will and to become more Christ like by doing what the Bible says.  To be a disciple of Jesus, we should also do whatever he has commanded us to do.  We should pray everyday thanking him for whatever he has given us, asking forgiveness for our sins and praying for others as well as ourselves.  We should be witnesses of Jesus.  To do this we have to be examples wherever we are.  We should always do whatever is right even though the others around us do the wrong thing.  This will enable the others to see Christ in us.  We should also tell others about Jesus, so that they also will be able to accept Jesus into their lives.

As a child, I heard the good news of the Lord and believed that it was the truth.  I believe that Christ is the redeemer, the forgiver, my personal savior, and Messiah.  Because of this, I am part of His beloved.  To be a disciple means that I will go towards and spread His Words and act Christ-like through my words, actions, and beliefs.  To be a Christian, is to live a life of good works.  I am a shining example of Christ as a disciple because I try to live a Christ-like life.

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