A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher. – Luke 6:40
Jesus words above in the Complete Jewish Bible translation says it like this, “A talmid is not above his rabbi; but each one, when he is fully trained, will be like his rabbi.” The word “like” in this verse is the Greek word hoos. This word reflects the quality of a person, thing, or action, as to be equivalent or exactly like it. In other words, Jesus defines the goal of a disciple as someone who will be exactly like their teacher, qualitatively. Jesus isn’t looking for a bunch of people who have simply learned his teachings by heart. He is looking for disciples that desire more than anything to become imitators of him in thought, word, deed, and character.
You and I are followers of many different people, organizations, activities, and ideas. For instance, I follow the San Francisco 49ers professional football team. When they win a game, I’m happy for a few minutes and then I get on with my life. When the 49ers lose a game, I’m disappointed for a few minutes, I kick a few things, and then I get on with my life. I am not a 49er however.
The men and women who decided to accept Jesus’ invitation to follow him did so with reckless abandon. Being a follower of Jesus consumed their entire life. Many of them gave up their profession, the safety of their community, and even their lives to be his disciple. Following Jesus meant giving up life as they knew it and creating a new path following the example of Jesus Christ.
That is what a Dusty Disciple is. Someone who desires to be a disciple in the spirit of Luke 6:40. It is about intentionally training and submitting to the lordship of Jesus Christ. It’s about the process of becoming one hundred percent like him in every way. Being a disciple of Jesus is about the master. It’s not about me and it’s not about you. It’s about becoming like Jesus.