A disciple is someone who daily follows Jesus and compels others to do the same. Knowing Jesus in this way goes beyond mere self-identification with labels like Christian or churchgoer. As a disciple, you actually have a personal, ongoing, life-giving relationship with the God who created everything. He not only created you, but He loves you unconditionally. He wants to give you a life that matters, and He wants to change your eternity – beginning today. And since God authored life itself, He knows how it works best. That’s why knowing Jesus really means following Jesus. It requires one step of obedience after another.
In using the metaphor of a shepherd and his sheep, Jesus said, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:10). As the Good Shepherd, Jesus knows how and where to lead us. But we must listen to His voice, and we must follow Him. Listening and following is what actually reveals whether we are disciples who know Jesus.