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The first requirement for being a disciple is that we must:
1. Confront the Truth About Jesus Christ
When the rich young ruler approached Jesus, calling Him "Good Teacher," notice what Jesus says in response:
(Mark 10:18) Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone...
This statement may sound confusing. What is Jesus saying? Is He saying that He is not good? Of course not. This would contradict the Bible's most basic teaching about Christ--and it contradicts what Jesus said about Himself. Jesus is not saying "I'm not good." He is saying, in effect, to the rich young ruler, "I'm not interested in lip-service. Don't call me good unless you're ready to call me God."
There is a tendency among non-Christians to dismiss Jesus as simply a "good teacher" and nothing more. You've heard it before: "Jesus was a good man, and even a great moralist, but I don't believe that He is God, or the only way to God."
In order to be a disciple you must confront the truth about Jesus Christ. This means admitting that He is Lord and submitting to His lordship. As you've heard so many preachers say: Jesus must be Lord of all, or He's not Lord at all.
Accepting Christ as Lord means that we commit ourselves to obedience. Jesus said...
Why do you call me 'Lord, Lord' and do not do what I tell you? (Luke 6:46)
If you love me, you will keep my commandments. (John 14:15) This would include the command He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved... (Mark 16:16)
In order to be a disciple we must first confront the truth about Jesus Christ. He is Lord and our lives must reflect that.