A Disciple is Somebody Who Hears God’s Voice and Obeys What He Says

I’m doing a series of posts on sentences that have changed my life (click to read the others). Here’s the last one (for now): A disciple is somebody who hears God’s voice and obeys what he says.

what is a disciple

I heard this sentence a few months back at a small gathering related to church planting at Northwood Church. It came at a timely moment.

I had been reading and thinking a lot about disciple-making (Matt 28:19-20). I had repeatedly wondered, “What is a disciple?” If you were to boil it down and try to define it, what would you come up with? What’s the bottom line? The goal? Then I heard this sentence.

It’s simple. Disciples hear God’s voice — in the Scriptures — and obey what he says.

Hearing God’s voice is listening with faith. This is how we receive the Spirit of God (Gal 3:5).

Obedience is the appropriate response to a God we love (John 14:15).

There are many things we try to over-complicate. Being a disciple shouldn’t be one of them.

Today, may we hear God’s voice in his word and do what he says.


Do you agree or disagree with this definition? Why?

(HT: Image Credit)

Published by Luke Simmons

I was born and raised in Denver, CO and lived there through high school. Then I moved to Champaign, IL where I attended the University of Illinois and played on the Fighting Illini baseball team. I was married in December, 2001 to Molly, who I met at the U of I. In June of 2002, we moved to Phoenix and have been here ever since.

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