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"What can the world offer apart from Jesus' call to discipleship, taking up your cross".

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"What can the world offer apart from Jesus' call to discipleship, taking up your cross" This is a quote by Thomas a Kempis about imitating Jesus. A disciple is a follower, a supporter and a believer. The twelve disciples are a key part in our Christian faith as they continued Jesus' work. Discipleship is also an extremely important theme throughout Marks gospel. A disciple is someone who learns from a religious leader and who wishes to live their life according to their leaders wishes and commands. The disciples were called to do three main things. To be Jesus' companion throughout his lifetime and to support him in what he did, to preach the word of God and the life of Jesus Christ his son, and to cast out demons from those who had faith. These are shown in Marks gospel (Mk6; 7-13) ...read more.

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He had to leave behind a stable job for a life that promised no material comforts. Peter, Andrew, James and John were fishermen who were used to living a difficult life. They also left behind families, friends and the lifestyles they were accustomed to. Simon was a member of the Zealots who were a violent group that fought against the roman occupation of Palestine. He too was an unlikely choice for Jesus' group. These choices tell us that Jesus was able to see beyond people's faults and tell whether or not their hearts were pure. This gives the Christians of today hope that God will look beyond their sins and see the person inside. Disciples are not just the twelve people whom Jesus called to drop everything and follow him. There were many other disciples of Jesus then, and there are many disciples of Jesus today. ...read more.

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To Christians it means giving all that they have in the service of God and other people. This is shown in the story of the Widows Offering. Here a woman who gives very little is giving more than all of the rich men put together. This is because God knows she has made the biggest sacrifice and therefore has given up more of herself to follow Jesus. "I tell you that this poor widow put more in the offering box than all the others." (Mk10; 41-44) Jesus tells us that a true disciple must expect to suffer, as his reward will only be in heaven. A disciple must literally be prepared to do anything for Jesus, even give his life. "If anyone wants to come with me... he must forget self, carry his cross and follow me."(Mk8; 34-38) The comfort in this statement is that we will have great rewards in heaven. " Many who are now first will be last, and many who are now last will be first" (Mk10; 31) ...read more.

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