Christian Discipleship is defined in the United Methodist Discipline in paragraph 135.
“The ministry of all Christians consists of privilege and obligation. The privilege i a relationship with God that is deeply spiritual. The obligation is to respond to God’s call to holy living in the world. In the United Methodist tradition these two dimensions of Christian discipleship are wholly interdependent.”
Do we look at Christian Discipleship as a privilege or do we see it as an obligation or do we understand it as both? The Discipline goes on to explain that it is a privilege to be able to have a relationship with God. Out of this relationship with God and the experience of his grace comes the obligation to live into our relationship with Christ in the world.
How many of us only see one side of this relationship? Are we only concentrated on the privilege or the obligation? We should hold these two things close to our hearts, remembering both aspects of Christian Discipleship. A true disciple has the privilege of knowing a deep relationship with the triune God we worship and feel our obligation to live this relationship out in the world. Neither are a burden but a way that grace is experienced and shared.