At Once

The last couple of Wednesday’s my wife, Callie, and I were talking to the youth about dropping everything to follow Christ.  We talked about Andrew and Peter and about how they dropped their fishing nets “at once” and followed Jesus.  This might not seem all that incredible when we think about it.  Many of us, knowing what we know today, would at least say we would drop everything to follow Jesus.  I mean, this is the guy who healed the sick and became flesh so that we could have eternal life.  Andrew and Peter did not yet know this side of Jesus, yet.  They left their jobs and “livelihood” based essentially on their first impression of Jesus. 

Could you imagine leaving your job to go after something that God has called you to do?  That is basically what Andrew and Peter did.  They were not fishing for recreational purposes.  This was their way of life.  They must have felt pretty confident about walking with Jesus to leave everything.  Here’s the issue, we as believers have so many resources and life experiences that testify to the awesome power of our God.  These resources and life experiences are much more than Andrew and Peter had.  Yet, we find ourselves hesitating to do something that God has called us to do if we even do it at all.  Now, I am not saying that you should leave your job or anything like that.  The problem is that most of us won’t leave our cubicles or houses to share what we have with the lost.  It all boils down to being obedient.

If we hear God speak, we need to not only listen, but we need to heed His word as well.  This will not come naturally, and that is ok.  Look at Ananias.  When God told him to go speak to and pray with Saul (one of the largest threats to the lives of Christians at that time), Ananias had one excuse after the other.  In the end, though, he was obedient.  Through his obedience, God used Ananias to help convert Saul to Paul who turned out to be one of the most influential men in the history of Christianity. 

Who’s to say that, by being obedient to what God is telling us, we won’t have a part in the salvation of someone like Paul?  Let’s not limit our impact on this world by choosing to be lazy or disobedient.  As the body of Christ, let’s turn over a new leaf and begin to reach the nations by simply being obedient.  It will be amazing to see what God can do with a group of people who are fully devoted to doing what He asks of them.

In the end, it won’t matter how much money we made or how much fun we had.  All that will matter will be the lives that we impacted for the Kingdom.  In Matthew 6:20 the Bible says “But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.”  I cannot think of a better treasure than the eternal lives of those around you.

Let’s be intentional!

James

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3 thoughts on “At Once

  1. James, thank you for this reminder of how radical the faith of the disciples were for Jesus, and the challenge to us today! I want to get out of the “comfort zone” for Jesus!

  2. James, I’m with you on the “at once” idea. Makes me reflect on when I have and haven’t been immediately obedient. This blog is very motivating to strive to give all for the kingdom. Thanks Preach!

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