“To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32
Jesus had just finished telling the people that He was going away soon to a place they cannot follow. Now He tells them that in order to really be one of His disciples they must hold on to His teaching. Doing this will allow them to know the truth and be set free.
Today the term of ‘disciple’ is not very commonly used, except in the church. It is a term of one who is learning from another to become like that person. A modern term that would be similar is an ‘apprentice’.
This term is used often in the workplaces. Many start out a job as an apprentice in the fields of electricians, plumbers, and construction workers. The worker needs to learn from the master worker how to correctly do the job.
As a believer in Jesus you must hold on to His teachings. That is you must listen to them, follow them and learn from them. Trust that Jesus knows His job and how to teach you to do the job correctly.
As you follow His teachings, you will then know the truth. Some of this truth you will learn is: you are a sinner, you cannot do it alone, you have no ability in yourself, God loves you, God gives you His Holy Spirit to strengthen and guide you, Jesus saves you and many more things.
Knowing the truth sets you free from the boundaries men put on you. It frees you from the condemnation you feel about what you have done wrong. It frees you from the fear of the unknown future. It frees you from past hurts and pains.
It gives you a reason to keep going forward. It gives you a reason to stay strong. It gives you a reason to love others. It gives you a reason to live life following Jesus.
Are you really being a disciple of Jesus? Are you holding on to His teachings? Are you allowing the truth to set you free?
I pray today that you will know and hold on to the teachings of Jesus; that you will learn from all that Jesus teaches; that you will allow His truth to set you free; that you will use His freedom to live for God; and that you will spread that truth to others around you.