“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him.
–Matthew 4:19-20 NIV
How often do you obey God IMMEDIATELY? If Jesus spoke to you today and told you to drop what you’re doing and follow Him, would you go at once?
In Matthew, chapter 4, we see two pictures of obedience that is immediate. In verses 19-20, Jesus calls Simon (Peter) and Andrew to come, and they drop their nets AT ONCE and follow Him. In verses 21-22, Jesus calls James and John who also leave their boat IMMEDIATELY to follow Him.
There have probably been many times in life when you prayed for something, yet don’t want to obey the command that God gives you in response. Imagine if you could instead do exactly what He tells you to do, no questions asked. Simon and Andrew didn’t have a rebuttal for Jesus. James and John didn’t tell Jesus, “Hold on, I plan to follow You, but I just want to try my way first.”
In today’s world it may take practice to obey God immediately, but we know from God’s Word that “Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord” (Proverbs 16:20 NIV). Do what God tells you the next time He speaks.
- Pray that you will hear God’s will for your situation.
- Pray that the Holy Spirit will, through His power, help you complete whatever tasks God has set before you.