Michael Wilkins, professor of New Testament and dean of the faculty at Talbot Seminary, regularly asks two questions when he speaks to groups about discipleship. The constrasting answers to these questions give us insight into the way that people understand discipleship. The first question is, "How many of you can say, in the humble confidence of your heart, that you are true disciples of Jesus? Please raise your hand." Wilkins says that people are genuinely confused as to what they should do. Most do not raise their hand. Some put it up hesitantly and then quickly pull it down. Then Wilkins proceeds to a second question. "How many of you can say, in the humble confidence of your heart, that you are convinced that you are a true Christian? Please raise your hand." Immediately most hands go up without hesitation. I'm afraid that many people have fallen into a two-tiered understanding of what it means to be a Christian. But Scripture is clear that biblical discipleship does not allow for that. As Greg Ogden writes in his book, Transforming Discipleship, "We need to recapture the biblical expectation defined by Jesus when he said, If any want to become followers (Luke 9:23). This was Jesus' starting point."
- Above story taken from: Michael Wilkins, Following the Master: A Biblical Theology of Discipleship
- Read Transforming Discipleship by Greg Ogden