Jesus taught us to love one another. We have to remain in Him to become strong because the Holy Spirit will guide us in everything we do. The keyword is practice. How can we practice discipleship if we are unable to love one another? We utter such word then we should practice the teaching of Jesus if not then this is only lips service.
We have a saying actions speak louder than words. After we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior then the Holy Spirit will take over, this will give us the anointing. We are natural being then we become supernatural when the Master will take over and guide our destiny. If we love Jesus we have to keep His commandment.
Jesus knows that we are weak that’s why He is sending the Helper (the Holy Spirit) in order for us to do the impossible because God’s works in us. We will experience signs and wonders that we never experience as long as we remain faithful in Him.
It is very clear when Jesus says … “remain in me, as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in Me. What was Jesus trying to say? We have to follow the teaching of Jesus and practice them so that we could serve one another and not to be boastful about it.
It is not a competition but what Jesus wants us to do is to remain faithful in Him and do our best to follow Him by picking up His cross, daily, and deny ourselves if we are truly disciples of Jesus.
Remember the grapes? You can throw the cluster of grapes, on the floor, but you will notice that all of them stick together although we may find some bruises in them; however, if we throw bunch of marbles, on the floor, you may notice that the marbles will go on different directions. We should remain with the vine (Jesus) in order for us to be strong and form a community of believers where we could practice discipleship.
In order for us to remain with Jesus and with one another as brothers and sisters in Christ … we must follow His two greatest commandments: “Love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind and the second love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37-39).
Let us convict ourselves with the word of God and live by it so we could experience to be disciples of Jesus. Going to church every Sunday is our obligation; however, if we are not practicing to be disciple of Jesus then the Holy Eucharist would be meaningless.
By knowing the needs of our neighbor is the key factor of discipleship because we could extend our hand to others. This day and age we are living in a secular society where God is being put aside. To be strong, we should set up a good example to young adults, people whom we do not know and to our friends in order to capture the essence of God’s love that is given to us. Father God gives us the grace and freewill so we could act in accordance to His will.