(2) “AND I WILL MAKE YOU…” <— This is a really exciting statement! These next five words in Matthew 4:19 indicate the process of transformation that happens for every follower of Christ. After Jesus invited people like Peter and Andrew to follow him, guess what? …they were never the same! The disciples were different than they were when they first met Jesus because walking with the Lord changes you forever.
This attribute of a disciple is primarily a spiritual response to the Holy Spirit. It speaks to people at the heart level, as they assimilate the Word of God and allow Him to transform their inner being. (Ephesians 3:14-18) Discipleship isn’t a transfer of information leading to behavior modification–it involves transformation at the deepest levels of our understanding. (The heart and spirit level)
Romans 8:29 tells us that we are being conformed into the image of Christ. That’s the goal. It is when we are becoming like Christ in word, thought, attitude, and action that the world starts to be transformed too. It is when we stop simply admiring Jesus for carrying the cross, and we start picking up our own crosses.
2 Corinthians 3:17-18 promises that God is transforming us from one degree of glory into another. (into HIS image) God will transform everything, especially how we see the world, and what we value and consider important. This is Discipleship. It’s Jesus molding our hearts to become more like his heart. It is when we start to truly love what he loves and hate what he hates.
Habits like Bible study, journaling, memorizations, prayer, fasting, and giving are all means to an end. They connect us to the grace of God, and through the grace of God we are transformed into the image of Christ. The more we are transformed, the more we will love and reach a lost and hurting world.