The Learning Disciple
What is it to be a disciple? A disciple is a lot like an apprentice: one who commits to a focused, transformative learning experience. We can understand this by letting words have their proper meaning. The Bible uses ‘disciple’ as both a noun and a verb; as a noun, μαθήτησ “student, learner” OR as a verb, μανθάνω “learning endeavor”. Common English equivalents are disciple, follower, adherent and apprentice. Learning is key to discipleship. True disciples desire to learn, and Jesus encourages us to learn: “take my yoke upon you and learn from Me” – Matthew 11:28-29.
An apprentice desires to be like the master. So it is with Jesus: His disciples endeavor to be like Him. Ours is a lifetime of learning, an apprenticeship without end.