What is a Disciple? (2)
A Disciple is a Worshipper
What do you think of when you hear the word worship? Meeting together at church? Singing hymns or songs? While the church meeting is called a worship service, true worship is not primarily a corporate act, but an individual lifestyle and mindset that exalts and treasures Jesus above all else.
To follow Jesus means to worship Him exclusively. This is at the heart of Jesus’ ministry on earth. As He told the woman at the well, the Father is seeking true worshipers “those who worship him in spirit and truth” (John 4:23–24). If we will follow Jesus, we must worship God – Through Jesus, because Jesus is our Mediator AND our God (John 14:6; 1 Timothy 2:5; John 10:30; 20:28-29).
WE read in Matthew’s gospel that following the resurrection, just prior to the ascension when the disciples saw the Lord Jesus their first reaction was that “they worshipped him.” What is significant to me from this text (Matthew 28:16-20) is that Worship precedes Mission. In fact, worship fuels mission. This is why a disciple (a follower of Christ) is first of all a worshipper. Because you cannot commend what you do not cherish. Our worship of the Lord Jesus is the fuel of our witness and mission to the world.
Worshipping Jesus – Gladly reflecting back to him the brilliance of His worth – is the greatest act of any created thing. This is the fundamental perspective of a disciple. This is THE ultimate thing we do. It is, indeed, our ultimate priority.
John MacArthur defines worship as:
“Life lived in the presence of an infinitely righteous and omnipresent God by one utterly aware of His holiness and consequently overwhelmed by his own unholiness.”
“Worship is our innermost being responding with praise for all that God is, through our attitudes, actions, thoughts, and words, based on the truth of God as He has revealed Himself.”
“Worship is all that we are, reacting rightly to all that He is.”
A.W. Tozer has done more to shape my thinking on worship than any other. Hear him:
We are saved to worship God. All that Christ has done in the past and all that He is doing now leads to this one end.
This is the basic perspective of a disciple. We look to Him in all of His worth and we worship HIM EXCLUSIVELY. To follow Jesus, to be his disciple, means first and foremost to worship Him with all our heart and making disciples of Jesus means calling out his worshipers.
Next Week we’ll look at Disciples as Servants
See You Sunday,