“18 And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. 19 Then He said to them, ‘Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ 20 They immediately left their nets and followed Him.”
Matthew 4:18-20 (NKJV)
How often do we act immediately to a call for action?
Our boss asks us to complete a task and we ask for the timeline…potentially wise but c’mon, it’s an illustration. How about, your mom or dad asks you to clean your room, do you run upstairs and clean it? Your wife asks you to clean the dishes, do you turn off the TV, clean the dishes…and the counters?
Umm, maybe not so much. If we’re honest with ourselves, I bet we would say that very rarely do we respond to a call to action immediately. Fortunately for us, only because we eat of the fruit produced by Jesus’ disciples, when Jesus called to his disciples to follow him, they immediately…IMMEDIATELY followed.
But the question I ask, is why?
Why did they immediately drop everything and follow after a man with no home. Why did they leave their businesses behind to follow a plain clothes carpenter around the Judean countryside. There is only one reason, because he is the Son of God!
In today’s age, we read about Jesus in the Bible. We see the nice things he did and hear the things he’s said. Yet I don’t think we truly understand the impact that Jesus had on those around him. He is God walking among us, and when people experienced Jesus, when they saw him face to face and opened their hearts to him, they were inspired to take immediate action.
So where do we fall? When God calls us to action do we wait until a convenient time to honor him? Do we argue with God about how uncomfortable we’ll be if we talk to that person? Do we avoid the person that God has asked us to disciple? So many times we do these things because we’re living in our flesh, concerned about the things of this world.
If we’ve truly experienced God, we should be encouraged to take immediate action when God pulls on our hearts, so next time you hear the Spirit call, listen to him, put down your net, and follow him!