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CHAPTER 1 QUALIFICATION OF A MISSIONARY 1st Lesson: Luke 14.26 - 27 200 Lesson: Math 8:94 - 35 Golden Text: Mathew 20:28 CONDITIONALITIES The lessons read to you are used in opening the Brother- hood Christ Natural New World-wide Missionary Week. The Missionaries of the old world had completed their work. This is the time for the New World Missionaries. This gospel highlights the conditions which must be fulfilled by those who desire to serve God as missionaries, they only pay lip-service to the profession. Our Lord Jesus Christ had articulated the con- ditionalities required Of a missionary when He said: “If any man comes to me, and hates not his father, and mother, and wife. and children, and brethren, and sisters yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.” Anyone who does not want to suffer tribulations cannot be a missionary. If you have two ears, two eyes and if you are double minded, you cannot be a true missionary. Anybody who cannot endure shame, hunger, poverty, persecution, false accusation, and hatred cannot be a missionary. This gospel will clear and prepare the way and lay a solid foundation for the true missionaries who will come in future. This week is set aside to inform the world the qualifications of a missionary. EXAMPLES OF TRUE MISSIONARIES John the Baptist, Our Lord Jesus Christ and the twelve disciples were living examples of true missionaries. If you study their lives you will realize the authenticity of the assertion. John the Baptist died because of truth. He reproved King Herod for unlawfully marrying Herodias, his brother’s wife. As a mission- ary, you should not be a respecter of persons. You must always speak the truth of the gospel. In the past, a King was greater than a governor, yet John the Baptist fearlessly told him the truth. Now the world fights against God and rejects the truth. Therefore, the work of a missionary entails total self-denial and forsaking everything including earthy glory. You can be a Pastor, Prophet, Apostle, an Elder or Brotherhood but not a missionary. Christ did not say that if you did not forsake everything, you will not be a son of God, but that you will not be his disciple. Since Christ is the head of missioriaries, all missionaries are to follow his foot-prints. Now the field is ali white, but where are the missionaries? The set-back hangs on the above analysis. However wealthy you may be, if you do not fulfil the stated conditions, you cannot be a missionary. No man who goes to war entangles with the affairs of this life, so that he may please him who has chosen him to be a soldier. Recall the person who wanted to follow Christ but asked for permission to go and bury his father. Christ advised him to let the dead bury their dead while he should go and preach the kingdom of God. At last, the man did not follow Christ. Another aspirant asked for permision to go and bid farewell to his home people, but Christ told him that no man having put his hand to the plough and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God. These entanglements hinder the work of preaching. ciaiming to be missionaries, yet they fear hunger, persecution, sickness and death. Others think of how to maintain their children and take part in community development. How can they be true missionaries? FULL-TIME SERVICE Atrue missionary is a full-time worker who serves God day and night. He surrenders everything to enhance the ministry. God does not compel anyone to be a missionary, but he lays down conditions for entry into the noble profession. After Christ had resurrected from death, he asked Peter if he loved him more than everything else. Peter answered that Christ knew that he loved him. Because of Peter's overwhelm- ing love, he was mandated to feed the lambs of God. If Peter had loved his wife, children and the things of this world more than Christ, he would not have ‘been made an Overseer to the flock of God. No servant can serve two masters. If you love the world and the things therein, you will not love God and vice versa. That is why you must deny everything including your life before you can become a true missionary. Money is not very significant in this assignment. The prerequisite is to deny yourself before you undertake the evangelical ministry. Your parents, children and your life cause the obstruction in the service of God. If Christ had loved his life, he would have escaped when death stared at him. But he knew that he came to offer his life as a ransom for the sins of the world. In‘ order to be a true missionary, you have to surrender your life and property and become a lamb of sacrifice for the service of God. 1ST LESSON: LUKE 14 : 26 - 27 ‘Ut any man come to me and hate not his father, and Mother, and wile, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea and his own lite also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever does not bear his cross and come after me, cannot be my disciple.” PRACTICAL MISSIONARIES If you search yourself, you will discover that the above statement prevents you from following Christ. He did not say that you would not be a christian, but that you would not be his disciple. Therefore if you do not fulfil the conditions stipulated above, you are still a Brotherhood, but not a real missionary. One can be a missionary in theory but not in practice. But if you want to be a real missionary, you must conform to the above requirements, This is the reign of God. The field is all white but there are no missionaries. Now we need true missionaries who will labour in the vineyard. The entire creation including Brotherhood are missionaries, but we want true missionaries who surrender themselves completely to the service of God. We do not mean missionaries who can only preach eloquently, or pray and raise the dead, but practical missionaries, who can endure shame, false accusation, persecution, hunger and tribulation for the glory of God. A true missionary does not fear hunger, stripes, mosquito-bite and death beeause he has