When I hear the word disciple, I immediately think of the guys that Jesus chose as his followers. Then I immediately think about people that are more religious than me, know more scripture than me, or are more Christian than me. I may not be alone in feeling that I could never be labeled a disciple–I don’t live up to the name.
But another word for disciple is simply, student. Look back at Jesus’ first encounter with many of his disciples and the Bible says he provides them with an unconditional proposal: “Follow me.” He doesn’t send them away to study scripture, clean up their messy lives or solve all the world’s problems THEN tell them to follow. He shares no prerequisite, only the offer: from this day forward, using who you are at this moment as your starting point, follow me.