When I look at what others say about the difference between a follower and a disciple of Jesus there doesn’t seem to be a real difference in their definitions. This is a topic that I have been wrestling with, and when I tried to get a handle on it by looking at what others said about them, they seemed to treat them as being the same. This only made me even more confused at why I kept feeling like I was seeing a difference between a follower and disciple in the Bible accounts I read. I especially recalled Jesus pointing to being willing to give it all up, money and family, to follow him. In Luke 14:25 Jesus said that there was a cost to being His disciple.
I looked up the definitions of disciple and follower in the dictionary and found a bit of a difference in their behaviors. The dictionary says that a disciple is “someone who accepts and helps to spread the teaching of a famous person, which implies devoted allegiance to the teachings of the one chosen as master.” A follower was defined as “one who attaches themselves to a person or beliefs of another.” These seemed to define what I was already thinking. A disciple has a higher level of commitment and investment than a follower.
I began to study discipleship in the Biblical times of Jesus. There I found that a Continue reading