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The key to progress in any endeavor is to overcome the failures that cause you to quit trying!

The Making of a Disciple
The Traits of a Disciple – Part I

Scripture Reading: 1 John 2:1-6

Key Verse: 1 John 2:6 NLT
Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.

A good way to learn something is to have a model as an example so we can imitate it. This week, let’s study what a true disciple of Jesus looks like.

Our Key Verse clearly says that a true disciple lives like Jesus. For us to live like Jesus, we must become lifelong learners! This is the first trait of a disciple.

Some of us who have been around a while say that we must learn, sometimes the hard way through experience, to live our lives like Jesus. We will never look like Jesus from reading about Him in the Bible. Certainly, we need to study the Bible to learn about Jesus’s traits, but we cannot develop and live them consistently only by reading about them.

For example, my father was a pastor, so I heard about these traits of Jesus many times during my dad’s preaching. I accepted Christ when I was in the 8th Grade. I attended a Christian college and got my degree in theology. I have pastored churches for over 44 years.

Yet, I am still learning and growing in my efforts to live like Jesus! I still have failures where I act like a pagan and react in a way that is nothing like Jesus. All that to say, this idea of becoming like Jesus is a life-long learning process!

The good news is that if we stay faithfully committed to the learning process, we get better and look more like Jesus as the months and years go by.

Read what the Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthian Christ-followers:

And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:18)

As impossible as it may sometimes seem, God, through His Holy Spirit, transforms you and me into Jesus’s image. Because it is a slow process, sometimes we do not recognize our growth.

Similarly, I have played many different sports in my life. I always wanted to get better at any that I took part in. That improvement process was so slow that I did not always see it as it was happening. But occasionally, other people encouraged me by telling me how much better I was playing.

This week, we study what it takes to improve our lives to resemble Jesus.

If you follow the disciplines we learn about, God will slowly transform you into the image of Jesus. The key to progress in any endeavor is not to allow your failures to cause you to quit trying!

Father, I want to look increasingly like Jesus. Please help me study and pray daily to accomplish that goal. In Jesus’s Name, I pray, amen.

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