CCF: The Mandate Precedes the Mission
Pastor Dieu Eng Seng
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Being precedes doing. Sonship precedes servanthood. Loving Jesus precedes Serving Him.
Discipleship should be cradled in love and relationship with Jesus otherwise it will be a burden.
THE MANDATE: THE GREAT COMMANDMENT
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37)
• One Thing is necessary... (Luke 10:42)
• One Thing I do, forgetting... (Phil 3:13-14)
• One Thing have I asked of The Lord..... (Ps 27:4)
Knowing the one greatest thing in our life allows us to focus on the one magnificent obsession to be able to utilize our one consuming passion - that is to prioritise seeking the Lord‘s presence, pursuing Lord Jesus and knowing Him more. When we love Jesus it makes serving Him such a joy and not a chore.
Knowing Jesus does not end in intellectual knowledge. Knowing Him leads to loving him. To know is not only to be intellectually informed but include perceiving, learning, willing, obedience, performing and experiencing Jesus in our everyday lives. It encompasses cognitive, obedience, experiential and intimacy with Jesus.
God already took the initiative by purchasing our salvation through His Son‘s death. All we need to do is to make that personal choice to believe in Jesus Christ for eternal life.
We love because He first love us – 1 John 4:19
In our quest for the ONE THING, Psalm 27:4 break it down for us:
[Purpose] One thing have I asked of the Lord,
[Pursuit] That will I seek after:
[Preoccupation] That I may dwell in the house of the Lord
All the days of my life,
[Passion] To gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to enquire in His Temple.
As we pursue God‘s heart, we should be intentional. We can seek after God by having the desire, discipline, delight and doing devotion; reading His Word; prayer; listening to Him; journaling and the like.
Our preoccupation should entail living in the presence; learning to surrender everything to God and living for the audience of One(God alone).
To consume our passion means to pursue intimacy with God who is the source of love and the Lover of our souls.
Intimacy is an end in itself. Blessing are the by product. Blessings include greater intimacy and having the desire to know him that leads to discipline to delight to devotion. Intimacy with God also allow us to deal with our inner self and be able to hear His heart.
THE MISSION: THE GREAT COMMISSION
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the Name of The Father and of The Son and of The Holy Ghost” (Matthew 28:20)
“but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” – Acts 1:8
Each of us has a part in carrying out the great commission in the marketplace. To love The Lord our God is The Heartbeat of our Mission. The Streams from which all service overflow. Across the street or around The Word, The Mission is still the same: To live and preach The Truth in Jesus Name. We can accomplish this through our personal witness that can be manifested in our personal revival, divine appointment and active obedience.
“Intimacy in The Secret Place overflows into The Marketplace”
We conclude that the great commandment fuels the great commission.