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The Disciple Experiment Student JournalA Faith-in-Action Student Journal
By Mike Yaconelli
ZondervanCopyright © 2003 Zondervan
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Chapter OneWhat does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus?
Seems like every day I'm getting hassled by my parents. We fight all the time. If it's not my room, it's my homework, my music, my clothes, my friends, my choices. I guess there are good moments, but not very many and not very often. I don't get it. I'm not saying it's all their fault, I'm just saying I thought Jesus would make my family better. When I get into arguments with my family, I try to stop myself, but it never works. I always end up saying something I wish I hadn't said. My parents are always criticizing me. I never hear anything positive or good about what I'm doing. Course, I don't talk to them much anymore, either. How can I make my family better?
IN THIS SITUATION, WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A DISCIPLE OF JESUS?
Jesus and his parents
Every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover. When he was 12 years old, they went up to the Feast, according to the custom. After the Feast was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day, then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, "Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you."
"Why were you searching for me?" he asked. "Didn't you know I had to be in my Father's house?" But they did not understand what he was saying to them.
They he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.
Your turn ...
Jesus went home and "was obedient" to his parents after he ditched them for three days. They were very upset. What do you think of Jesus' answer to his parents? Is obeying your parents a non-negotiable, or are there some exceptions?
Look for someone who appears to be really hurting. It doesn't matter whether or not you know the person's name. Pray for that person. If there's anything you feel you can do for the person, do it.
SO HOW'D IT GO TODAY?
1. Were you conscious of Jesus at all today? If so, when? If not, why not?
2. What, if anything, did you notice about yourself today?
3. What do you want to say to Jesus after today?
4. What would Jesus say to you after today?
Excerpted from The Disciple Experiment Student Journal by Mike Yaconelli Copyright © 2003 by Zondervan
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