From “Discipleship and Discipline”, by Minister William H. Hicks, copywright March, 2005:

Isaiah also addresses this characteristic of a disciple when he prophesies about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ:  “The Lord God has given Me the tongue of disciples, that I may know how to sustain the weary one with a word.  He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear to listen as a disciple.  The Lord God has opened My ear; And I was not disobedient, nor did I turn back.  I gave My back to those who strike Me, and My cheeks to those who pluck out the beard; I did not cover My face from humiliation and spitting.  For the Lord God helps Me.  Therefore, I am not disgraced.  Isaiah 50: 4 – 7The prophesied Messiah puts this principle into action:  Therefore, I have set My face like flint, (Luke 9: 51) and I know that I shall not be ashamed.”   It is clear here that dedication to task has its risks!  But, it is also clear that a disciple understands this and keeps his mind, eye and ear on the task at hand.  Finally, it is clear also that a disciple of Christ is not without support.

The Lord Jesus identified His task in part in Matthew 5: 17, saying, “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill.”  A disciple also has priorities.  He is able to put first things first.  Our Lord knows what a struggle this can be, because He experienced it firsthand.  He says, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as Thou wilt.”  Matthew 26: 39. And I was not disobedient, nor did I turn back.”

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