Discipleship is a marathon

We do not have to wait until we can quit our jobs in order to serve Him or to be His disciple. We can start right now — with who we are, with what we do, with where we are.

As Christians and followers of Jesus, sometimes we think that we need to do extraordinary works or make charitable contributions in order to become His disciples. Sometimes, we think we need to serve Him in the Church full-time.

In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus tells us that in order to be His disciples, we simply need to remain in His word.

“Jesus then said to those Jews who believed in him, ‘If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples.’” — John 8:31

Sure, remaining in His word does not mean simply reading the Bible. It means living it and also living our faith. It requires living more than just a compartmentalized life and giving Him our all.

But as a Father, I believe God also understands our responsibilities to our families and our need to work and to provide for them. (But, ultimately, God is our Provider.) For many of us, we cannot simply quit our jobs in order to serve in ministry full-time. 

Still, Jesus calls us to be His disciples. He calls us to remain in His word even when we are at work. He calls us to remain in His word no matter where we are or what we do. He calls us to remain in His word in every moment of our lives.

We do not have to wait until we can quit our jobs in order to serve Him or to be His disciple. We can start right now — with who we are, with what we do, with where we are.

One day, we will be His full-time servants. But for now, let us start by remaining in His word.

But remaining in His word also starts with knowing His word. It starts with reading the Bible or going to mass and listening to the readings.

It’s a cliché, but discipleship is a marathon, not a sprint. The important thing is we start today — with what we have.

How are you remaining in His word today?


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