When Christ walked our planet, He spent a lot of time with twelve handpicked disciples. In Matthew 5:1-2 we read, “And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. Then He opened His mouth and taught them” (NKJV). After that came the Sermon on the Mount, which was given to His disciples who had gathered around Him. Jesus took time for His disciples. He spent time with them.
The word disciple means “a learner.” If you’re a disciple of Jesus, then you’re a learner. You’re someone who is listening and processing. These disciples listened to Jesus and followed Him.
Dwight Pentecost used three words to describe the different phases of where people are spiritually: curious, convinced, and committed.
During Jesus’ earthly ministry, He had a lot of curious people gather around Him, especially when He performed a miracle like multiplying the loaves and fish. A free lunch? Now we’re talking. Jesus would show up, and the crowds would show up. They listened to Him, but it didn’t impact them for the most part.
Then there are the convinced. These people aren’t impacted personally by what they hear, but they give intellectual assent to it, which is an important step. For example, we read that the first miracle Jesus did was turn water into wine in Cana of Galilee. John 2:11 tells us, “This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him” (NKJV). The disciples had gone from curious to convinced. They were so convinced that they were starting to follow Him. But at that point, after that miracle, they went from convinced to committed.
Which of these categories best describes you? Have you gone from curious to committed?