Living and Loving Like Jesus

John Koedyker

Read: Mark 6:7-13

[Jesus] called the twelve and began to send them out two by two. (v. 7)

Recently in the church there has been a great deal of interest in the subject of discipleship. Certainly it is a crucial part of the Christian life. From the time I was young and in Sunday school, I had heard that being a disciple of Jesus Christ was something I should aim at in life.

But what does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus? One of the best definitions is very simple: “A disciple is one who lives and loves like Jesus.” I am not sure who said those words first, but they certainly match what we see happening in today’s Bible reading from Mark’s Gospel.

Jesus had chosen twelve persons to be with him and learn from him. They had seen him in action and had heard his teachings. Now it was time to see if what they had learned had sunk in. So he sent them out on a kind of trial run—the real test being after he would leave this world.

Something similar happens in seminary when students are sent out to put into practice what they have been learning from their professors. They call it an internship—practical experience out in the real world.

Apparently the disciples had learned their lessons well, preaching a gospel of repentance and healing. In other words, living and loving like Jesus. That same challenge remains for we who are his disciples today. —John Koedyker

Prayer: Lord, help us to be disciples who live and love like Jesus. Amen.