Katy Perry and Discipleship

Yesterday I heard an old Katy Perry song, and found my foot tapping to the techno, funky beat. The club jam was “Hot N Cold.” The song was ringing in my head this morning, so I pulled up the video on YouTube.

As the video begins, you see Kati Perry dressed in bridal dress at the altar of a packed church. She’s looking into the eyes of her beloved. The minister asks Kati, “Do you take him to be your lawful, wedded husband?” She gives a heart-felt, “I do.” He turns to the groom, “Do you take Kati to be your lawful, wedded wife?” There’s a long pause. Beads of sweat drop. A lump forms in his throat. His eyes tell the story. He’s fallen off his horse.

Kati begins to sing and gets to this chorus…

‘Cause you’re hot then you’re cold
You’re yes then you’re no
You’re in then you’re out
You’re up then you’re down
You’re wrong when it’s right
It’s black and it’s white
We fight, we break up
We kiss, we make up
(You) You don’t really want to stay, no
(You) But you don’t really want to go-o
You’re hot then you’re cold
You’re yes then you’re no
You’re in then you’re out
You’re up then you’re down
(By Katy Perry / Metro Lyrics)

Here’s my thought. The whole wedding analogy fits for us. Only we, the church are the bride, and Jesus, our devoted friend, Savior, Redeemer, and King is the groom. He’s given his whole-hearted “yes.” He wants an everlasting relationship with us and has made that possible through his death and resurrection.

Question… Do those lyrics describe you as a Christian? Are you hot then cold, yes and then no? Are you in then out, up then down? Do you fight and break up, kiss then make up? You don’t really want to stay, but don’t really want to go.

Katy’s song ends with this line, “You change your mind like a girl changes clothes.”

The Bible calls this “double mindedness” a condition leading to instability in everything. Life becomes a crazy, ever changing, roller coaster ride. Revelation 3:16 says, “You’re not cold, you’re not hot — far better to be either cold or hot! You’re stale. You’re stagnant. You make me want to vomit.” (The Message).

Though we waffle, and back pedal, Jesus in his amazing love continues to stand at the altar, waiting for our whole-hearted devotion.

Ready to get off the roller coaster? I urge you today to turn from being just a follower of Jesus, and become a disciple. God, in his grace and power wants to help us become disciples.

What are the traits of a disciple? Here are some thoughts.

1. Disciples make following Jesus the number one priority in life. Jesus is out front. Eyes are fixed on him. The disciple walks in his steps, where he leads.

2. Disciples live in daily fellowship with Jesus. The life line for a disciple is not the “to do” list. It comes from being with Jesus, listening to his word, sharing hopes and fears.

3. Disciples are willing to endure hardship, suffering, and persecution for the name of Jesus. Of those original 12, all but one died a martyrs death. The disciple fixes his mind not on hardship, but on his eternal home and everlasting reward.

4. Disciples are learners. That’s what disciple literally means – “learner.” They are students, ever-growing, eager to know and understand more, not just to collect data, but to apply it to life. The more they learn about Jesus the more they love him.

5. Disciples become disciple-makers. They are not out to make their own batch of followers. They strive to help others discover the ways of Jesus, so they too can know his life-changing fellowship.

6. Disciples live in relationship with other disciples. They are not “lone rangers.” They flourish in community, as other followers encourage and spur them on.