By Samuel O. Doku, Washington, DC). As Christians, it is always easy to forget that seeking God first and his righteousness and everything shall be added unto it as Jesus Christ tells us in Matthew is not optional; it is a non-negotiable imperative statement that we must obey. Ms. Nahodia Wese, after a careful observation, has realized that far too often, Christians ignore Jesus’s important statement.
From that perspective, Ms. Wese’s message on the prayer line on Friday was predicated on the blessings that come with seeking God first in all things. She used Luke 10: 38-42 as the thread in sewing the fabric of her delivery. It tells of a contrasting treatment that two sisters, Mary and Martha, gave to Jesus Christ.
The Prince of Peace and his disciples visited the home of Martha and Mary. While there, Mary decided to attend to Jesus by spending time with him while Martha was in the kitchen preparing food to serve their guests; however, she realized that the chore was too much to bear alone, so she went and asked Jesus to tell Mary to come and help her.
In verses 41-42, Jesus responds to Martha’s request: “Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things, but one thing is needful, and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken from her.”
As Ms. Wese noted, “Mary decided to choose the good part, which is worshipping the Lord first before thinking of doing any chores. Mary was obsessed with worshipping Jesus. Mary was devoted and understood that her blessings would be replenished by serving Jesus first. On the other hand, Martha forgot the word, so she allowed herself to be distracted when the Lord was with them.,” Sister Nahodia explained.
Ms. Wese asserted that if there is anything we must be devoted to, it must be dedication and commitment to God first and seek his righteousness in serving him. “We must be like Mary. Like Pastor Georges always says, ‘If you have something good to do, it must be preparing and serving the Lord first.’ Choose more time with the Lord. We must be like Sister Michelle, who almost always spends her spare time reading the Bible. We need to be more dedicated to the Lord.”
In support of the need to spend more time devoted to the Lord, she cited Proverbs 3: 6, “In all thy ways, acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” “No matter what you are going through, submit to the Lord, and he will come through for you. Whatever it is, you will see light at the end of the tunnel. Put everything in the hands of the Lord,” noted Sister Nahodia.
She commended Pastor Jean Paul Ntap, who in the past couple of weeks, has also been offering prayers specifically to families of participants. “We thank God for the prayer line. The prayer line allows us to commit ourselves to the master, the king of kings by waking up early in the morning and praying to God so that our day will go smoothly,” noted Ms. Wese.
Sister Nahodia observed that not everyone has the wisdom and meekness to submit to the Lord by waking up at 5 a.m. in an early morning devotion to God. She stated: “Without wisdom, you can’t have a devoted heart. Since the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom, having wisdom is what qualifies you to enter the kingdom of God. Fear the Lord.”
Ms. Wese mentioned Senior Pastor Georges Ntemi, Pastor Jean Paul Ntap, and her dad, Papa Louis Pierre Wese as men of wisdom from whom she has leaned a lot. The pastors always have ready-made answers to her biblical questions, and her father, for his persistent daily advice on the need for she and her siblings to always remember God first in everything and never allow seeking God’s glory to be overridden by a desire for wealth.
She reminded participants about the great wisdom of Solomon that resulted in kings and queens traveling from afar to come and seek his counsel. “Abraham was also wise because he feared the Lord. A devoted heart comes with wisdom and right acts to help others,” concluded Ms. Nahodia Wese intelligently, who has gained admission to the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill but is seeking scholarship to help pay for her tuition and boarding. The Lord who answers prayers will come through for her and will empower some charitable organizations to go to her assistance.
Pastor Ntap accentuated: “When you serve the Lord with devotion and humility, you would see how great he is. In addition to the prayer line, you must also have communion with God alone. Do things not according to your strength but according to the spirit of the Lord. Even Christ took time to establish communion with his Father before he began his work. Read the scriptures whenever and wherever you can.”
He expressed his gratitude to Papa Wese for finding appropriate biblical passages and sending them out every morning after announcing the number of participants on the prayer line. Papa Wese delivered the message Saturday morning in French on the prayer line