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We teach our children to begin to obey immediately and respectfully appeal as needed, as they obey. Too simply ignore a call is disobedience.
Mark likes the word immediately. He uses it ten times in this chapter - that I see. I note that things begin to HAPPEN when Jesus shows up. The relationship between Jesus' call to Simon, Andrew, James and John and their reaction is what speaks loudest to me this morning.
They left their nets IMMEDIATELY and FOLLOWED.
When we hear Jesus calling the proper response is to IMMEDIATELY follow. Sometimes we need to respectfully clarify...but we clarify from a position of obedience.
To be a disciple is to be a follower. In this context it is to follow a teacher. It meant to live, work and sleep with the teacher. The word involves*:
- Abiding fellowship
- Clinging in trust and obedience
- Cleaving to Jesus means acting according to His example
- Fellowship of faith as well as life
- Inner moral and spiritual fellowship is essential to outward fellowship
- Self denial
If I am struggling to follow a clear call of Jesus I need to evaluate my heart....I need God to "search my heart" Psalm 139:23. Personally, the times I struggle most with a call from Jesus involve a lack of trust or an unwillingness to deny my self and my plans.
There are many things He has called me to - things He may call you too as well.....
- Relationship with Jesus
- Die to a habit
- Practice a spiritual discipline
- Change a career
- Step into a new activity
My goal is to FOLLOW IMMEDIATELY when Jesus calls...not tomorrow or "in a minute."
*Strongs 190 - sources Strongs, Vines, Dr. Zodhiates Complete Dictionary of NT Words
Living all of life before the face of God...