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1.14.2010

Has Your Day Come?

"Ok guys, it's time to get your chores done," I say to my children every morning.

Everyone exits to their perspective chore zones and gets to work immediately. Or...so I think.

Tick-tock. Tick-tock. 5. 10. 15... 30 minutes pass by and surely beds are made, toys are put away, desks are cleaned off; all children are dressed, with teeth and hair brushed, and are eager for the day to begin, right? WRONG?

"Why isn't your room clean? And, why aren't you dressed? Have you brushed your teeth? Or you hair? WHAT have you been doing for the past 30 minutes? Didn't I tell you to do your chores?" I ask, all the while wondering why they haven't been compliant and done what all well-behaved children do the first time they are told to do something by their parents.

"Didn't I tell you to do your chores?"

"Yes," my son replies.

"Then why haven't you done what I told you to do?"

Looking around his room, he shrugs his shoulders and says, "I don't know."

Oh. My. Word. Will we every get there? To the point of immediate obedience? To the place where when instructions are given, they are immediately listened to, taken to heart, and obeyed? Will that day ever come?

That day of immediate obedience did come for those first disciples who were called out by Jesus. Yes, that day came and that day changed their lives.

"18) And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. 19) Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 20) They immediately left their nets and followed Him.
21) Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them, 22) and immediately they left the boat and their father,
and followed Him."
Matthew 4:18-22, NKJV


As soon as the command to follow left Jesus' mouth, Peter, Andrew, James, and John dropped what they were doing and followed. No questions asked. No getting distracted by the goings on around them. No letting 5, 10, 15, 30 minutes pass by. No shrugging of the shoulders and wondering, "Hmmm. I don't know. Should I or shouldn't I do what I was just instructed to do?" There was none of that, but rather immediate obedience.

Immediate obedience that gave them face-to-face access to the One and Only.

Immediate obedience that allowed them to walk, literally, in the footprints of Jesus.

Immediate obedience that permitted them to be a part of Christ's inner circle.

Immediate obedience that enabled them to see down into the depths of the heart of the Man who came to change the world.

Immediate obedience that changed their lives for eternity.

I wonder, what would our lives be like if we immediately obeyed God's instruction? What would our lives be like if we were willing to drop everything, no questions asked, and obey?

Immediate obedience would give us face-to-face access to the One and Only.

Immediate obedience would allow us to walk down the path He has paved for us.

Immediate obedience would permit us to be used by God in ways we never dreamed possible.

Immediate obedience would give us a glimpse into the heart of the Savior who came to change the world.

Immediate obedience would change our lives for eternity.


As I ask myself this question, I ask you as well... Has your day come? Your day of obedience? Has it come? When God instructs, do you immediately obey?

May it be so, Lord. May it come quickly. May our hearts immediately obey when Your voice is heard.



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1 Lovely Thoughts Shared:

Sarah said...

Thanks, Jen, for this amazing truth! I often struggle with the same from my children. How horrifying to think that The Almighty struggles with my own disobedient, insolent, selfish will. "Search me, O God, and know my heart..." Ps. 139:23