The One Thing Jesus Wants From You—And All His Followers

by | Oct 14, 2019 | Woman

This past week, I’ve been battling a cold. I hate feeling sick and so I’ve been drinking apple cider vinegar (please be impressed – it tastes awful!), green tea, (though I am a coffee lover) and Emergen-C. My energy has been lower than normal, and my to-do list has been longer than normal. Can you relate?

Early one morning as I was complaining to the Lord about my energy level, I read Mark 3:14-15, “He appointed twelve to be with Him, and to be sent out to preach, and to have authority to heal sicknesses and to cast out demons: As I’ve been meditating on those words, I was struck again with the importance of being with Jesus over just serving Jesus. Jesus wanted his disciples to just hang with Him as much as He wanted them to go out and serve Him.

What are the lessons for you in these verses?

He appointed you. You, my friend, were chosen and appointed. Ah, doesn’t it feel great to know He picked you! Let that sink in. He wanted you! You have divinely given purpose. You were chosen to love God and glorify Him. Jesus said, “I’ve chosen and commissioned you to go into the world to bear fruit” (John 15:16b, TPT).

He wanted you to be with him. Jesus wanted an intimate friendship with you. Think about your dearest friends. You talk with them and listen to them. You go out for coffee and lunch dates with them. You share each other’s burdens and secrets. You spend time together cultivating your friendship. Jesus wants that kind of close friendship with you! He said, “I call you my most intimate friends, for I reveal everything that I’ve heard from my Father” (John 15:15b). Intimate friends share secrets. Jesus wants to share the secrets of His heart with you. Are you listening? Spend time throughout your day talking with Him and listening for His thoughts.

He wanted you to go for him. Go where? Go anywhere Christ is not known. You are Jesus’ representative. So, if your neighbors don’t know Christ, go there. If you’re on a business trip and your colleagues don’t know Christ, go there in your conversations. Don’t hide your faith. Jesus is counting on you. Be His representative. Dare to open the faith conversation. Don’t come on like you know it all—because you don’t. Don’t make it political—because politics won’t save. Open the conversation about Jesus.

He wanted you to have authority. Sometimes, we cower when we feel attacked by the enemy. Here’s the thing. You have all authority over Satan and any of His demons in Jesus’ name! He’s given you all authority. So, learn how to use the authority that’s yours in Christ. When Satan threatens or tempts, use your weapons: the Word of God and the power of praise. The Word is the sword of the Lord, and Satan is allergic to praise. So, when he starts in your ear with his blah, blah blah, clobber Him with Scripture and praise! But remember, you can’t claim your authority unless you’ve spent adequate time with Him. Be with Him first and then go and take authority!

Being with Him is just as important as doing for Him. Years ago, my mentor told me to use this rhythm in my life: Worship, wait and then write. When my to-do list becomes a mile long, I remind myself to be with Him and soak in His presence before I try to accomplish anything for Him. He alone is my power source. {eoa]

Becky Harling, an author, certified speaker, leadership coach and trainer with the John Maxwell Team, is an energetic and motivational international speaker inspiring audiences to overcome their greatest life challenges and reach their full God-given potential. Her most recent book is How to Listen So People Will Talk. Her husband, Steve Harling, is the president of Reach Beyond, a nonprofit organization seeking to be the voice and hands of Jesus around the world.

This article originally appeared at beckyharling.com.

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