NOW!

Matthew  8:21

Often our struggle as Christian is not in deciding whether we should obey Christ but in obeying immediately. We may acknowledge our need to follow Christ and commit ourselves to do what He has told us. Yet when God reveals His will to us that is the time to obey! God’s revelation of His will is his invitation to respond immediately.

Some would-be disciples pledged their willingness to follow Jesus, but they told Him they were not ready yet. In Jesus’ day, Jewish man was expected care for his elderly parents until they died. One man wanted wait until to  his father died before going with Jesus. This would be in honourable delay the have to choose between this important responsibility and heeding a call from the Lord. Yet God know this man, and He knew the man’s father. God would have taken care of the man’s father. if He only would have followed Jesus. This was an opportunity to walk with the son of God, yet the concerns of this life were competing for priority with obedience to God.

Timing our obedience is crucial. Invitation from god came with a limited opportunity to respond. Some opportunities to serve Him, if not accepted immediately, will be lost. Occasions to minister to other may pass us by. When God invites us to intercede for someone, it may be critical that we stop what we are doing and immediately adjust to our lives to what God is doing. Missing opportunities to serve the Lord can be tragic. When an invitation comes from God, the time to respond is now.

experiencing GOD day-by-day htb&rb

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