This week we'll continue with the topic of Prioritizing Christ in a Q&A session with our guest Dr. Jessie Bushi.
D.B.: What does it mean for you to prioritize Christ?
Dr. J.B.: I believe in divine intervention and in the verses of Luke 12:5-6, where it is clearly written: “I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to caste into hell.”
So as per this verse and the words spoken by our Lord, Jesus Christ, my first and foremost priority always is Christ; living day by day as per His teachings. I do this now and have been doing this since I was 17. I proudly say today that God has shown numerous miracles in my life and also in lives of those who believed in Him and for whom I pray sincerely.
You may think that I am doing this only out of fear of perishing in hell, but NO. I prioritize Christ because I feel Christ is my best friend and like my best sibling, with whom I can share everything and anything. I tell this to my husband, my kids, and they too experienced this. And now I can say that, not only for me, but also for my family, our first priority is Christ Jesus.
By saying this I mean not only reading and meditating on the Bible and praying, but spreading the good news to all, sharing the burden of reaching those who never heard of Christ.
D.B.: Why it is important for you to prioritize Christ?
Dr. J.B.: When you tell a person who never ate a mango about the taste of mango, how does he feel? Do you think he will understand it correctly? Tasting sweet has many meanings. Sugar tastes sweet, honey tastes sweet, apple also is sweet, but all these are many varieties of sweetness. Mango has unique kind of sweetness, which a person should taste and find for himself. In the same manner, knowing Christ as personal savior and living as per the Word is also unique. Each individual should know that for himself/herself. Just by giving examples or illustrations, we cannot make any one understand that feeling. The Word says, “Taste and see that the Lord is good. Blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him” (Psalm 34:8).
Prioritizing Christ is very important for me, as I believe neither in worldly blessings nor comforts. The verses Luke 12:5-6 ring in my ear constantly and help me to understand situations clearly. There may be a situation where by ignoring a rule position, I may get some financial profit. But the Holy Spirit in me gently reminds me about the wrong. Naturally that puts me in my place, and when such a situation occurs for a second time, I boldly say ‘no’ and that makes me happy. In everyday life, the Spirit guides you in a proper way when you put Christ in first place.
Dr. Jessie S.M. Bushi was born into an orthodox Lutheran family in Andhra Pradesh, India. She actively took part in Sunday school, youth and women wing activities of the church. After finishing her Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Education in her hometown, Jessie moved to Chennai in Tamilnadu to pursue her post graduate degree in English language and literature. She also obtained her Master of Philosophy at Madras University. While studying for her Master, Jessie married Anand Perumallapalli, an engineer at Transmission Corporation of Andhra Pradesh. Jessie and Anand are blessed with two children, the eldest a girl, Sharon, and youngest a boy, Shalem. Sharon is in her 4th year studying engineering in Hyderabad. Shalem is getting ready to take his first-year medical exams in Christian Medical College, Vellore in Tamilnadu. Jessie proudly declares that her whole family has received Christ Jesus as their Savior and are blessed.
With her never-ending zeal to continue learning, Jessie obtained Ph.D. in English at a later stage and her Law
Graduation after that. Presently she practices law in the High Court of Andhra Pradesh. Jessie is very much interested in helping people solve their problems, so she completed a course in family counseling and counsels couples in marital issues. With a very understanding and encouraging husband and two lovely kids, Jessie is presently residing in Hyderabad, India. Her hobby is writing on social and spiritual topics; many of her works have been published. In her free time Jessie enjoys embroidering wall pieces, which are seen on the walls of her sweet, little home.
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