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When Jesus Calls

September 29, 2012

Greetings,

“As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew.  They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen.  “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.”  At once they left their nets and followed Him.  Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John.  They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets.  Jesus called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed Him.”  Matthew 4: 18-22

Just a short and simple blog today.  What I see in this passage is that when Jesus calls our response needs to be “immediate” and “at once”.  It doesn’t matter what we are doing at the time or who is with us.  When Jesus speaks to us we need to drop everything else we are doing and respond to Him in that very moment.

I have to admit that I am not always good at responding exactly when He calls.  Sometimes I am far to involved in what I am doing and I choose to put Jesus on hold.  Not a smart thing to do, but I am willing to admit it and work on changing my ways.

I really should know better because there have been many times when I did respond in the moment that He called to me.  Then later the circumstances confirmed that I made the right choice.  There have been several times that while driving I heard Jesus tell me to “Turn right now” or to “take another route”, only later to find out that there had been a terrible accident on the road I was taking before He spoke.  It may sound too simple or spooky Spiritual, but this is really the way He works in our lives at times.

I have learned through experience to respond immediately to His voice, even though what He says may seem insignificant in that moment.  I have told this story before, but I think it really fits here right now too.  While I was in college after a concert I had promoted that night I made a food run for the guys who helped haul equipment.  I was in the Burger King drive thru waiting to order 5 whopper meals when Jesus spoke to me and said order a 6th meal.  It was only four bucks more so I did so and was obedient, not knowing why The Lord wanted me to change the order.  When I got back to the dorm I set the 6th meal up on top of the bunk bed while the five of us ate ours.  Five minutes later a guy named Tim stuck his head in the room and jokingly asked where his meal was and I was able to point to the top bunk and say, “it’s right up there.”  He ended up eating with us and when the conversation turned to the Lord, 20 minutes later Tim asked Jesus to be his Lord and Savior.  That’s right, because I was obedient to His voice at the BK drive thru somebody got saved.

It is very important that we are faithful in the small and seemingly insignificant things.  Because ” We know that in ALL things God works for the good of those who love Him.” ( Romans 8)  EVERYTHING MATTERS!  We need to practice and learn to hear His voice because He doesn’t always shout or put it up on a billboard.  Responding to His voice in a timely manner could mean the difference between life and death.  “His sheep hear His voice and obey.”  We need to always be open and available to Him whenever He calls.

Love and ….

Kirk Out !

P.s. I guess it turned out not so short or simple

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5 Comments
  1. Chris, I love these testimonies! They are so encouraging. I’d like to challenge you to see how many days in a row you can go giving us either a testimony where God used you or one where you knew you were loved. I know many would be built up in the faith…and of course add anything else as you are lead. Hoping this strikes a chord with you too.

  2. Kenneth Richardson permalink

    Good word.

  3. cathy taylor permalink

    Wow Christopher that was a great word and testimonie, I really enjoyed reading it. and I guess it was supposed to be for me to read, because it spoke to me Thank you for sending me the address so i could read it Cathy

  4. Your ears will hear a word behind you, ” [fn]This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right or to the left. I believe this the relationship the Lord wants with all of His people.

  5. "BK" Zimmer permalink

    Again, what a blessing…..and you bring up another personal experience.

    I was about 19 and was taken by the fact when the Spirit told Philip to go talk to the eunuch it said “Philip ran”. I was telling Jesus I wanted that kind of instant obedience. As I prayed, I saw a girl I had gone to school with. Didn’t know her well as she was in the popular crowd; and I had quit school to get married and have a baby. There she was, lying in bed with fresh bandages on her wrists, looking a picture of Jesus on her wall, asking Him to show her He was real. He told me,
    “I want you to go to her house and tell her I have heard her cry and have come to answer it.”
    Sooooooooooo, I did………well, two weeks later I finally looked her up to find out if I could find her in the phone book. I did. I felt so stupid going up the walk. When she answered the door I said something like, “Hi, do you remember me? I’ve been thinking about you and thought I’d see if I could find you and have a cup of coffee.” 😦 So, she told me all about having tried to commit suicide (still had the bandages on her wrists); showed me the picture of Jesus at the end of her bed and said how hard she had been praying. So, THEN I told her of my experience…AFTER she’d told me everything. Imagine the impact it would have had if I’d just TOLD her before I already knew the details. She was touched, but I also knew anyone can say “Oh, yes God showed me that” after the fact. I was deflated and humbled. We kept in touch for awhile and then just drifted apart. Instant obedience, yes Jesus. Still shaking my head at the remembrance! “BK”

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