The Essence of Discipleship

John 12:26 – Whoever serves me must follow me…

J.C. Ryle offers a challenging word especially to us all:

“As the soldier follows his general, as the servant follows his master, as the scholar follows his teacher; as the sheep follows its shepherd, just so ought the professing Christian to follow Christ. Faith and obedience are the leading marks of real followers, and will always be seen in true believing Christians. Their knowledge may be very small, and their infirmities very great; their grace very weak, and their hope very dim. But they believe what Christ says, and strive to do what Christ commands.”

Expository Thoughts on the Gospels, The Gospel of John

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