If you could ask Jesus’ original disciples to describe discipleship, they would talk about someone who was totally committed to a particular rabbi. Usually, disciples literally lived with their rabbi and followed him everywhere he went. Communal living was absolutely necessary for living as a true disciple. Teaching happened more by example than by words as you lived with the person each day. The purpose of this commitment was to become “like the teacher” (Luke 6:40).
It’s vital not only to be committed, but to make those commitments to the right things. These are just the first three. Others, like missional living are also included. More on those in future posts.