• Pastor Reginald Washington

    The First Essential Requirement #3
    1. Jesus priority for His disciples
    When Jesus called the first disciples, He had a two-fold purpose for them, He called them first of all to be with Him (a call to fellowship), and then after that He sent them out to preach (service). This order is important. Jesus needed to share His life with  them first before He sent them out into ministry. They needed to be with Him, to listen to Him, to learn of Him, to be captivated by His love, to understand what was on His heart and to be moulded and trained by Him first of all. Then after that, they were sent out to minster to other. Do you think Jesus priority for you may be the same?  Fellowship with Jesus must always come before service for Jesus. Our work for Jesus will only be effective and powerful when it flow out of a close and meaningful relationship with Him.
    Mar 3:14  And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach,
     Mar 3:15  And to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out demons.
    2. Jesus priority for Mary and Martha
    We see this same priority clearly illustrated in the story of Mary. While Martha was busy preparing a meal (service), Mary sat at Jesus feet listening to what He had to say (fellowship). When Martha got upset about  this, Jesus reminded her that what He desired most of all was not work, but herself. While He accepted her desire to serve, what He wanted most of all was to have fellowship with her. In order of priority, what Jesus desires most of all is our fellowship and worship first. Then after we have sat at His feet we will want to get up and serve Him but do so in the right way.
    3. The priority in the Great Commission
    Before Jesus gave His disciples the Great Commission, tells us, When the disciples saw Jesus, they worshipped Him. Then Jesus said, Go and make disciples of all nations… Even the Great Commission flows out of worship and cannot be a substitute for it. A worshipper will want to serve. A worshipper will feel God’s hearbeat for lost people and will want to go and find them. A worshipper will learn to first listen to what Jesus is saying and gladly obey. A worshipper will hear the call of Jesus and want to go and make disciples. That’s why worship must come first for the Great Commission to be fulfilled.
    (Mat 28:17)  And when they saw him, they worshiped him: but some doubted.
    (Mat 28:18)  And Jesus came, and spoke to them, saying, All power is given to me in heaven and upon earth.
    (Mat 28:19)  Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
    (Mat 28:20)  Teaching them to observe all things whatever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the world. Amen.
    4. The first essential requirement in witnessing
    Before Jesus sent His disciples out to be His witnesses, He made one point absolutely clear. They could not reach the world on their own. Their own words and testimony would not be enough to make people believe. No, Jesus wanted to do this through them. You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, Jesus said. And then you will be my witnesses.
    Act 1:4  And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that 
    they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the 
    Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.
    Act 1:5  For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with 
    the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
    Act 1:8  But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon 
    you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all 
    Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
    It is the Spirit of Jesus filling you life who is the key to help you grow in 
    discipleship and share Jesus with other. Like the early disciples, you need 
    to be filled with His Spirit if you are to be an effective witness for Him. You 
    need to depend on Him to help you. You cannot do it on your own. It is 
    important then to keep in close touch with the source Jesus Himself. When 
    He fills your life you will be a witness for Him naturally and spontaneously. 
    It will be the natural overflow of your love relationship with Him. You will 
    be like the early disciples after they were filled with the Holy Spirit. They 
    said, We cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.
     Act 4:20  For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and 
    5. Maintain your spiritual well
    Witness for Jesus is the natural overflow of the Spirit-filled life. You must 
    come and drink deeply of Him before you will have living water to share 
    with other.
    Joh 7:37  In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, 
    saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
    Joh 7:38  He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his 
    belly shall flow rivers of living water.
    It is out of your love relationship with Jesus that you will want to tell others about 
    Him. It’s the overflow that counts! If your spiritual well runs dry, you will have 
    nothing to offer. You will stop growing and you will not want to witness.
    Your devotional life is where you deepen you relationship with Christ. It is the 
    spiritual well from which you draw living water. As you open your life each day to the 
    Spirit of Christ, He will fill your well with living water. But make sure there are no 
    cracks in your well! If there are broken relationships in your life for which you are 
    responsible, these will be like cracks which will result in a loss of the flow of the Holy 
    Spirit that will flow naturally through you. Is Jesus the central focus of your life? Your
    Growth and effectiveness as a disciple depends completely upon it.

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