“From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
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. Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” They immediately left their nets and followed Him.
Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him.” Mt. 4:18-22
I have two questions for you.
1. Do you obey God when He through His Word or by His Spirit in line with His Word directly to your heart tells you to do something?
2. Do you obey Him immediately or do you resist, debate, question, doubt, delay, procrastinate, weigh your other options, rebel, run the other way, obey only in part, etc.?
Please note with me what the men did in the scriptures above when the Lord Jesus Christ told them to follow Him.
THEY OBEYED THE LORD IMMEDIATELY. No matter what they were doing, and no matter with whom they were, they made the Lord and His instructions their number one priority.
I used to rebel against God entirely. Then I began to obey sometimes. Then I started to obey Him as much as I possibly could – but with much resistance, debate, arguing, anger, self-pity, bitterness, etc. Now I am learning the obedience that best pleases and honors the Lord is when we make Him and His instructions number one and obey Him with a humble loving submissive heart.
In the scriptures above, those who followed Jesus followed Him. Literally. We can’t physically follow Jesus on this earth because we who believe in Him as Lord can’t physically see Him until we’re in heaven with Him. But by faith we can follow Him whenever the Lord gives us something to do – with humility, love, and immediacy. Through immediate obedience.
What about when God gives us something to do in the future rather than immediately as in right now? We can obey Him immediately in the sense that we put up no resistance but yield to His instructions and prepare our hearts and lives for the time we will put into action what He gives us to do for that future date.
It’s all about Jesus, friend. Not about us. The only “us” part is that when we believe in Him as Lord and receive the promise of everlasting life, we are committing to follow Him. We are committing to live for Him. And, in so doing, we need to obey the Lord – immediately.
I still struggle with resistance sometimes, but I am working on this. For Jesus Christ is Lord. And the Lord has brought me to a place in my heart and life in which I desire nothing in the universe more than to love, please, adore, honor, serve, and obey God almighty in Christ.
How about you?