The notion of discipleship is a powerful one. For anyone to say they are a Christian ought to mean, “I am a disciple of Christ.” And to be a disciple means you strive to hold nothing back from your commitment to follow him.
Being a disciple of Jesus should mark us out in several ways.
In fact, being a disciple of Jesus marks our very souls in the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Marriage and Holy Orders, and changes our very being in others.
Even outside of the Sacraments, our life of discipleship should be the primary marking in our lives. It should be our very identity as disciples (followers) of Jesus. Below are Twelve Marks of Discipleship.
12 Marks of Discipleship
The life of a disciple can be a challenge and one that we all need to grow in. So what is a good — in fact, the best — example of discipleship? We find it in the example set by the one we aspire to follow: Jesus nailed to the cross. He was obedient to God’s will even unto death. When I think about Matthew 16:24 (Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.), I think, “not my will, but yours, God (from Luke 22:42), even unto death.” None of this is related to finding comfort and pleasure, but it is the path to true happiness and life everlasting.
Discovering how God’s story transforms our story through ongoing exploration of scripture, holy relationships and tradition.
Responding by placing ourselves in God’s presence to develop and deepen our relationship with God through worship and spiritual practices.
Connecting people with Jesus and each other through extending hospitality and growing together as a community of faith.
Doing God’s work in the world by the power of the Holy Spirit through service, generosity and outreach