What does it mean to be a disciple? Teachers of ancient times had followers who were called their disciples. The disciples asked to be a disciple of their chosen teacher or master, but Jesus called his disciples. “Come, follow me”, he invited, and grown, burly men dropped their fishing nets and became his disciples. The Greek word used means “learner”. It has more implications than one who simply reads or hears the words of his master, however. A disciple followed his master, taking in every word he spoke. Jesus, our Master and Lord, calls all persons to be his disciples. Those who answer that call follow him down the path of their lives. He must be first and always in our lives if we are to be his true disciples. “Take my yoke upon you and learn of me”, Jesus invites. Follow him in his self-giving life of dedication and commitment. Those who are his true disciples reflect his character and actions. He gave his all for us and it took him to a cross. As we follow him, we too are crucified with Christ. We too give our all. Generosity was one of the leading marks of the early Church. It’s people gave so that no one among them had any real need. Our generous giving is done in obedience and faith. We give, trusting God to then meet our need. As we give in faith, our faith becomes stronger and more vibrant as we see Jesus meeting our needs.
Dr. Richard L. Shaw Ph.D., Pastor