October 4, 2017. Matthew 3, Mark 1, Luke 3
In Order. At Once
It is not always easy to obey a command, especially when you have no idea what that command actually entails. Imagine being a soldier and your commanding officer comes to you and says, “I need you to follow me, no questions asked, just do as I say and leave everything you know and love behind.” What would you do?
Most of us would at least hesitate, holding back a little and secondguessing if what you are about to do is even sane. You would also probably what kind of trouble you are getting yourself into and if it is even worth it.
Guess what. That is what we are called to do everyday as Christians. God has asked to blindly follow him, and hand everything we know and love over to him and trust that He will take care of everything. We are his soldiers and he is our commanding officer. You may be sitting there wondering if that is even possible for a sane person to do, wondering who in their right mind would just get up and follow someone with no informantion. Simon, Andrew, James, and John all did that.
As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him. When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.
At once they left and without delay; no questions asked, just blindly following a man who asked them to follow him. What an incredible testimony those men had. They could have easily said, “no, our father needs us here” or “our family depends on us” yet there they were dropping everything to follow Jesus to become fishers of men.
You are called to be that too. Your Lord and Saviour has asked you blindly follow him, putting your trust and faith in him. The question now is, will you follow him at once and without delay?