Kaleo in Greek means “to be called” and as we read in
Matthew 28, we are called to make disciples in the name of Christ. As believers in Jesus Christ, discipleship includes teaching others about Christ; providing a community of believers who “do life” together in authenticity; and understanding the importance of sharing Christ with the world. On our campus, we are working hard in providing campus-wide discipleship opportunities through the Kaleo Discipleship Program. These opportunities are designed to integrate discipleship within our faculty, staff and students throughout campus life. We seek to teach, live and proclaim Christ and His Truth.
In thinking for a moment about our call to discipleship, read below from Matthew 28 and think about what questions arise; what thoughts this scripture stirs; and how this can be applied to your life as a disciple.
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. ~ Matthew 28:19-20 (ESV)
The word disciple means “learner,” and we understand it to mean “follower of Jesus Christ.” If you believe that Jesus is Lord and that He died on the cross for your sins and rose again from the grave, you are saved and are called to be a disciple. In this passage, known as the Great Commission, the first part of this command is to share the gospel, giving us the mandate that our focus should be making Jesus known and following Him in everything. This verse comes after Jesus has risen from the dead and is about to ascend into heaven, and His last command is for His followers to go and make disciples.
In verse 20, He calls us to teach others to follow His commands. Throughout the first four books of the New Testament, we read His commands with the most important being “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37-39).
As we seek to share and teach others about Christ, we as believers need to continue to sharpen ourselves in studying His word and living by His example in our world. Your life is an example to those around you in sharing and teaching the love of Christ. Are you actively making disciples? Do people watching you see something different in your attitude, actions, and words and attribute this to your walk with Christ? Today as a believer and as one called to discipleship, are you encouraging others to seek and live the Great Commission? Go prayerfully and actively make disciples as you share and teach in your community and the world.