I am coming to you from the top of the day instead of the bottom of it. For those of you who are basketball fans, you know that last night was the NCAA Championship Game. Now, please don't kid yourself. I have tried and tried to like sports. And, I'm still praying that the Lord would change my heart to make me a sports fan, but at this very moment, I just don't give a hoot. But, my husband does. And, I like to support his interests. At least, I try to support his interests. Plus, I just get the biggest kick out of watching that guy watch sports. He usually ends up doing more refereeing than watching.
Anyway, that was a very long explanation of the reason I didn't post last night. But, the most important thing is what the Lord reminded me of this morning. I have always loved the phrase, "His mercies are new every morning." Y'all, they are. His truths are fresh and His power is clear each and every morning. There is a certain measure of healing that comes just in the sheer presence of morning. Sometimes, things can seem so stressful at night, but the morning brings clarity.
The Lord put it on my heart to read through the gospels, now that I'm finished working through Psalms. I love the gospels. The life application when reading through the gospels is endless. In fact, I think that all new believers should start their walk with Christ by reading through the gospels, in order to get a picture of the person of Jesus, to see what it means to live as Christ in a fallen world.
This passage jumped out at me:
18 Now as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who was called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen.
19And He said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men."
20Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.
21Going 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; and He called them.
22Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him.
Do you see the two instances of "immediately"? Did you notice that the disciples didn't say, "Give me just a second, Jesus" or "Are you sure this is what you want me to do?" No, they dropped what they were doing and followed the Lord's orders.
But, I think that there is an even greater message in this little passage. I often think that it's easy to follow Christ when there is nothing at stake. That was NOT the case for these men. They left their livelihood (nets and boats) and their families to follow Christ. Now, THAT is a sacrifice where everything is at stake.
My prayer today for you and for me is that we would live a life of immediate obedience. When the Lord calls us to do something, I pray that we'll do it - no questions asked, no negotiations presented.