Humble

Discipleship also involves the pupil’s being willing to serve others (Mk. 9:35). Throughout the four Gospels, Jesus is presented as someone who came to serve, not to be served (Mt. 20:28). On one occasion, Jesus was addressing his disciples with these words: “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.”[1] This happens to be the same for anyone who calls himself a follower of Christ.

The disciple must be of modest pretensions or dimensions.[2] The pupil shall not boast of himself but God (2 Cor. 10:17). To this regard, the Apostle Paul wrote: “Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.”[3]

This is a very important aspect of the character of anyone who calls himself a follower of Jesus. Being and remaining humble is something the disciple must always have in mind and be reminded of frequently. Jesus had a lot to say in this regard. On one occasion, the sons of Zebedee approached Jesus because they wanted a place of honor and notoriety in the upcoming Kingdom of God (Mk. 10:35-45). This request raised trouble, and the rest of the disciples become indignant (Mk 10:41). To this Jesus replied:

“whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”[4]

A disciple must never forget that, in this learning process, above anything else, he is a servant.

Peaceful

As it has already said, a disciple is not a trouble maker; on the contrary, he seeks peace. Matthew chapter five records the beatitudes. Here, he gives several blessings to those who meet with the expectations. Jesus said: Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.[5] A follower of Christ is a peacemaker. This is also a very important aspect of the character of the disciple. The disciple as a peacemaker sows peace and reaps righteousness (James 3:18). The Apostle Paul instructed the church in Rome to make every effort to do what leads to peace.[6]

Throughout the four Gospels, Jesus is portrayed as a peaceful man, as someone who never used violence; he never instigated others into trouble, even when he was arrested and Peter cut off the ear of Malchus, Jesus rebuked him for what he had done (Jn.18:11).

The Psalmist said, “Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.”[7] Therefore, the disciple is asked to do good and not only seek peace but also pursue it in every sphere of life. Therefore, people will be able to see Christ in him as he conducts himself in a way that glorifies and honors God. He acts accordingly to the peace he had received from above.


 

Footnotes:

[1] The New International Version (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011), Mk 9:35.

[2] Catherine Soanes and Angus Stevenson, eds., Concise Oxford English Dictionary (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004).

[3] The New International Version (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011), Ro 12:3.

[4] The New International Version (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011), Mk 10:43–45.

[5] The New International Version (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011), Mt 5:9.

[6] The New International Version (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011), Ro 14:19.

[7] The New International Version (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011), Ps 34:14.