What does a disciple look like? How do you know if someone is one?."
Jesus said to the disciples, “This is to my Father’s glory that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples” (John 15:8) What did Jesus mean by this? Well, he did not mean what a person looks like on the outside. There are many cultures in the world today who do not look like a believer or a disciple; some have tattoos, earrings in their noses, short skirts, party at clubs, hang out with wrong crowds, smoke, drink, use drugs, and guess what? They have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior; they are saved, believe it or not! So what does a disciple look like?
The fruit that a disciple of Christ bears is all in how you live your life and what you speak out of your mouths, but mainly the question is, “Are you living out the commandments of the Lord?” Jesus said, “If you love me, you will obey my commandments.” (John 14:15). Jesus want us to live our lives in a way that is pleasing to God. You have to establish a relationship with God, and live holy lives. In other words, you are to make your bodies a living sacrifice unto the Lord, this is your reasonable service unto God (Romans 12:1-2).
Also the Bible says, “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34) There is “death and life in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21) God is a stickler on how we communicate with each other. Apostle Paul spoke to the saints in Ephesus, telling them to do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen (Ephesians 4:29).
When you hear the word of God, you are supposed to allow God’s word to penetrate in your hearts, and go and bear fruit. John Mark said, “Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop – thirty, sixty or even a hundred times what was sown” (Mark 4:20).
We are always being watched by the Lord Himself, believers and non-believers. Therefore, we are expected to live our lives at a much higher standard than those who are not disciples of Christ. The Bible says, “To much is given, much is required”(Luke 12:48). We are all going to stumble and fall, but there is hope in Jesus Christ, who is able to keep us from falling (Jude).
A disciple is a student, who makes other disciples to carry out God's greatest commission, to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing, in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19-20); the hands and feet of God; one who loves the Lord with all of his/her heart and all of his soul, that he will obey the commandments of the Lord, and die to the things of this world, and allow his mind to be transformed and renewed to the point of having the heart of God. Apostle Paul said, “Let this mind be in you that was also in Christ Jesus (Philippians 2:5). Open ended question: Hypothetically, speaking, if you were not living a godly life, yet you were saved, how would you show God that you love Him?