“When He got into the boat, His disciples followed Him.” (Matthew 8:23)
It is notable that after Jesus shared something about the commitments and priority of discipleship, that verse 23 immediately followed, describing the actions of His disciples: “When He got into the boat, His disciples followed Him.”
It is not hard to see who the real disciples of Jesus are, based on their actions. What do disciples of Jesus do? The answer is simple: “His disciples followed Him.” Disciples follow. Very simply put, that is what disciples do: they follow Jesus.
This should make it relatively easy for any of us to evaluate our own status. Are you a disciple of Jesus? Answering that question should be simple: are you following Him? If you are following Jesus, then you are His disciple. If you are NOT following Jesus, then you cannot truly say that you are His disciple.
Ask yourself: where would Jesus be going in this town? What would Jesus be doing in this area? What would He be teaching, and to whom would He be ministering? Are you following Him? Are you going to the places where He would go, and are you doing the things that He would do? If you are, then you can safely say that you are His disciple. If you are not, then you are not. Disciples follow Jesus.
Are you His disciple? What do your actions say?