The process of becoming a disciple is explained by Lord Jesus as recorded in the Gospel of Luke. (Luke 6: 46-49) This parable provides insights for all humans.
Lord, Lord: People should come near to the Lord to have an intimate relationship. They should not distance themselves and cry from afar. The Lord invites one and all to come. Many create an image to the world, that they are very close to Lord Jesus, but He does not recognize them. (Matthew 7:22)
Come: Lord Jesus invited all who are burdened. (Matthew 11:28) They should come near in awe, hope, and wonder. Moses was commanded to remove his shoes so that he could stay in the Holy Ground without hurrying to run away. (Exodus 3:5) The frame of mind should be with the intention to hear, listen and learn.
Hear: The respondents should intensely and carefully listen. Not mechanical listening of just the words or rhetoric but grasping the meaning. Allow those words to saturate the mind and soul. God’s word should renew the mind and transform the whole person. (Romans 12:2)
Do: Listening is not for memorizing, but to act. Obedience should be the natural result of responding to the Word of God. James calls disciples to be doers of the Word and not just hearers of the Word. (James 1:22-25)
Wise: A disciple is always wise because s/he hears the Word of God, knows the attributes of God, discerns the Will of God, and fulfills God’s purpose as s/he grows into His likeness.
Foundation: A Christian’s life has a very strong foundation. The foundation is the unseen part of the building, yet the most important aspect. The whole life, meaning, purpose, vision, and decisions ought to be laid on a strong foundation.
Unshakeable: The rains, winds, and floods are part of human life in the imperfect world. However, they cannot dent a disciple as s/he belongs to the kingdom of God that is unshakeable. (Hebrews 12:28) One who does the will of God endures forever. (I John 2:17)
Is my life built on this foundation?