The Heartcry of a Disciple

A disciple is one who walks with his lord and one who walks like his lord. A Christian who is a disciple of Jesus Christ is one who walks with the Lord Jesus Christ and one who walks like Him, by the Holy Spirit - the Spirit of grace enabling him. Hence the heartcry of his Lord Jesus Christ is the heartcry of a disciple.

What is the heartcry of Jesus Christ?

In John. 12:27-30, we read Jesus saying:

Now my heart is troubled, and what shall I say? `Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name!” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.” The crowd that was there and heard it said it had thundered; others said an angel had spoken to him. Jesus said, “This voice was for your benefit, not mine."

Here we read Jesus confronting the cross. He says He is troubled in His heart about the cross. He knew very well that on the cross He will be forsaken by His Father for sins not committed by Him. The eternal fellowship enjoyed by Him is going to be broken as God's wrath against man's sin will be poured out on Him. Hence He says He is troubled.

But in spite of this great trouble, he says 'what shall I pray or say to the Father?' 'Father save Me?, No.. Father glorify your name.

Jesus Christ was more burdened for the name of our Father to be glorified than His own safety or comfort. A radical disciple of Jesus Christ will have the same heartcry - 'Lord glorify your name' and he will pray that prayer in spite of the cross he is confronting. He will never seek his comfort at the expense of God's purposes concerning him being frustrated and God's name being disgraced.

Every time we come across the cross in our life, we can pray two prayers - 'Father save me' or 'Father glorify your name'. The prayer you choose to pray reveals the cry of your heart. The prayer you choose to pray reveals whether you are a true disciple or a mediocre Christian.

In Scripture, wherever Jesus spoke about His cross, He always spoke about the cross of his disciples. He always reminded His disciples that they are called to follow a Christ who took His cross faithfully and gave Himself for the glory of God. Unfortunately, today in Christendom, all kinds of heretical teachings are sweeping every nook and corner that exhorts Christians to seek their comfort, pleasure and prosperity and no word is spoken on God's glory. They preach another gospel because they preach another Jesus - who was rich and increased in goods!! How blasphemous to speak about the perfect man who lived only for the Father. We have forgotten that the Lord came from heaven to suffer and burn Himself for the glory of Him who alone is worthy of all glory.

Like Peter before Pentecost, we are swayed away by the devil to be mindful only about the things of man and not of God. The end result is we, the so called Christians are the greatest stumbling block to the Lord. Since I hail from a heathen family, I know that the greatest stumbling block to the gospel is the poor testimony of Christians.
Where have we gone wrong?

Before pin pointing the negligence of any doctrine, let us be honest that we are not Biblical Christians, whose great longing is to see their God glorified, who thus are willing to daily take any cross sovereignly brought to their life by the Father and suffer in their flesh, gladly for Him.
In John 12:24-26, before He shared His heartcry, he spoke about his true disciples as follows:

"I tell you the truth, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honour the one who serves me."

Our Lord Jesus, when He was on the earth and even now is only interested in such cross bearing, consecrated disciples - who have laid everything on the altar and seeks God to send fire from heaven and burn them up for the glory of His great name. Not out of a legalistic observation of the letter, but rather out of the Spirit energised radical devotion to Lord Jesus Christ. They are the ones who are bridal in their intimacy with Jesus, who have become one flesh with Him, whose hearts and minds are so one with Him, that His heartrcry is their heartcry - 'Father glorify your name.'


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