The joy of being a Jesus-first person

When the risen Jesus is priority one, it clearly shines through what a person says and does. Jesus-first people keep Jesus always on their mind and overflowing from their heart. They are so filled with joy and excitement about what Jesus is doing, that they can’t keep quiet about Him.

It only took one glimpse of the risen Jesus to make me a Jesus-first person. That started a joyous fire in my heart that’s burned for decades.

Simply hearing the name of Jesus causes Jesus-first people to light up with joy. It’s difficult to be a Jesus-first person if you only have second-hand contact with Jesus.

Regardless of politics, social status, race, religion, or nationality, when Jesus-first people meet, they connect heart-to-heart. If you open your heart and humbly ask God to make you a Jesus-first person, He’ll revolutionize your priorities from the inside out.

Jesus-first people stay focused on Jesus throughout the day and avoid anything that tries to distract them from His presence. Jesus-first people are His biggest, most faithful and loyal fans. The Bible calls them disciples. For Jesus-first people, the priorities of life on earth grow dim in the daily light of His radiant glory.

Churches seldom welcome Jesus-first people, because they follow the risen Jesus more than a pastor. Jesus-first people often find that church distracts their focus away from the ongoing presence of the risen Jesus.

Jesus-first people run all their thoughts, feelings, desires, and opinions by Jesus first, and if He doesn’t approve them, they lay them aside. Jesus-first people prioritize Jesus before self, family, friends, country, pride, status, money, politics, race, sports, etc. For a Jesus-first person, daily following and obeying the risen Jesus, matters most!

Some of my most powerful experiences of ekklesia have been one-time, Christ-centered, heart connection with a Jesus-first stranger. Church is built on organization and hierarchy, but the ekklesia Jesus is building is based on shared revelation and Jesus-first heart connection. Churches will never unite as one, but Jesus-first people are humbly connected, heart-to-heart, even if they don’t know each other. The less that people focus on thoughts from God, the more they disagree with each other.

Biblical Christianity prioritizes Jesus-first! See Matthew 6:33. Jesus-first people refuse to allow ungodly thoughts to stay in their mind. Too many Christians deprioritize Jesus to a Sunday meeting, a devotional time, a prayer group, etc., and leave Him out of daily life.

Jesus-first people,
Called Jesus Freaks,
Used to be everywhere.
Now they’re so rare.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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2 Responses to The joy of being a Jesus-first person

  1. Loretta says:

    I love this! Instructive and edifying, thank you.

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