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Conversations { DIS C US SIONS W I T H K . P. YOH A N NA N } Jesus Never Said It Would Be Easy In this conversation, K.P. Yohannan talks about discipleship. Q So what exactly does it take to be Christ’s disciple? // Luke 14:25–27 says, “Now great multitudes went with Him. And He turned and said to them, ‘If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and Q What is a disciple of Christ? // A disciple sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My is a learner, a follower. These are the biblical disciple. And whoever does not bear his cross and descriptions of somebody who is a disciple of Christ. come after Me cannot be My disciple.’ ” Scripture says a student becomes perfect when he A multitude can follow the Lord, just as they did in becomes like his teacher (Luke 6:40). A disciple of this passage, but He says if we want to be His, we have Christ is one who lives his or her life as Jesus lived to make the decision to follow Him and love Him more (1 John 2:6). than our family—to the point where our love looks like As Christ’s followers, we need to understand the seriousness of His call to be His disciples. If we look at hatred in comparison to the love we have for Him. It would have been nice if Jesus had stopped after mentioning family, but He didn’t stop there. He went our forerunner, showing us the way to live. His life on on to say that unless you love Him more than your own earth as a man was lived in total dependence on His life, you cannot be His. He’s asking those who would Father, and He did only what His Father asked Him to be His disciples to surrender and give up their own do. We are called to model our lives after Christ, thus plans. Jesus said there is no other way for us to be His. becoming like Him. A disciple, then, is one who loves Christ more than Obedience, taking up our cross daily, embracing suffering and inconveniences, and denying ourselves and anything or anyone in the world. His only longing is to the world is the result of loving God and allowing Christ please Him, which means saying no to anything that to live through our earthen vessels (Galatians 2:20). hinders him or her from following Christ and remaining His—living and spending their entire lives for their Master. 4 | Gospel for Asia | gfa.org One thing is obvious: Without suffering, one cannot be a devout follower of Christ (1 Peter 2:21). Some images on these pages are GFA stock photos. the New Testament and the Gospels, we see Jesus as