“Follow Me,” He told them, “and I will make you fish for people!” Immediately they left their nets and followed Him. (Matthew 4:19-22)
Immediately? Really? That’s impressive, but I don’t think it’s the norm. Of course, we should follow the disciples’ examples and strive for such an immediate response, but do we, really? Their response was in the context of first steps of faith in following Jesus, but their example floods the journey of faith for us. How promptly do we respond to Jesus on a daily basis, across a variety of situations in our lives? Be honest with yourself. An important piece of following is preparation. If we’re not continually placing ourselves under God’s authority, we certainly won’t respond well or immediately when He prompts us. We take more time to mull over the options and try to determine the best path for us. Sure, we may call it “discernment,” but sometimes we just want to put that godly label on our own pro/con list. We want to rationalize through something. God created our rational minds, so He wants us to use them, but we can also distort what God has given us and let those very gifts get in the way. What gets in the way of your immediate response to God?
Today’s post is excerpted from Susan Lawrence’s recent release, Pure Submission: Turning What You Think About Submission Right Side Up. Order your copy today.