When Jesus Calls
“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 even more.
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 Resurrection Band 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 fully accepted Jesus to be his Lord and Savior. That’s right, because I was obedient to the voice of the Lord at the BK drive thru someone got born again.
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 totally open and available to Jesus whenever He may choose to call us.
Love and ….
Kirk Out !
P.s. I guess it turned out not so short or simple