Friday, March 22, 2013

"Immediate Obedience"

"And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him." Matthew 4:22
I have always thought it was interesting that when Jesus called these disciples to follow Him they immediately did. They didn't delay in doing so. They didn't go and pray about it. They didn't take their time trying to decide if this was what they should or shouldn't do. They didn't procrastinate. They didn't wait until all the conditions seemed right. They didn't make excuses. They immediately followed Him.
How quick are we to obey when the Lord speaks to us? Do we wait? Do we debate? Do we obey when it is convenient for us? Do we try to reason it out and then make the decision? Or do we, as the old hymn saying... trust and obey... and do what He says?
There are two forms of disobedience. The first is just simply "don't do it"- which is rebellion. The other is "delayed obedience". Delayed obedience is the same as disobedience. Our obedience is a serious matter to the Lord. It was disobedience that cased mankind's fall in the garden. Jesus even spoke about it in a parable in Luke 14. 
How is your obedience? Are you quick to obey? Do you "drag your feet" in obeying? Are you immediate about it? Or do you do it in your own timing and when you get around to it?
Have a great day. Is your obedience to God immediate or do you take your time about it?
For further reading:
Luke 14:16-24
1 Samuel 15:22
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