Luke 9:61, “Lord, I will follow You, but let me first go and bid them farewell who are at my house”
John 14:21, “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me”
No matter where Jesus went in the region around the Sea of Galilee during His public ministry, He caused quite a stir.
But most importantly, the people who had observed Him firsthand...... were moved and motivated to action.
If you read carefully through the New Testament you would find that Jesus often told and spoke in parables to illustrate how people received and responded to His teaching.
In Mark 1:18 we see obedience from the fishermen who followed Jesus.
In Mark 1:27 we see the amazement of people who marveled of His power over demons.
Then in Mark 1:31 we see service from Peter’s mother-in-law who served the Lord.
In Mark 1:45 we see those who saw Jesus in action proclaiming to others what He had done. In Matthew 13:1-9,
His disciples asked, “Why do You speak to them in parables?”
In reply Jesus quoted the prophet Isaiah, “For the hearts of this people have gown dull. Their ears are hard to hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them” (Matthew 13:15; Isaiah 6:10).
Most parents are very familiar with the words from their children, “I’ll do it in a minute, but first …” As God’s children;
He often receives a similar response from us.
This important truth in the life of Janice is illustrated as follows:
"I’ll never forget my inner battle one morning, as I was on my knees scrubbing the kitchen floor.
It began with a strong impression from the Lord that I should visit a young mother named Carol.
So, I decided to do it later that day. “But first I must finish this floor,” I said to myself.
Then the inner prompting began to feel more urgent. “As soon as I finish the floor, I’ll go straight over to Carol’s,” I promised the Lord.
But deep inside, I knew He meant now, before the floor was finished!
A real battle of the will took place.
I admitted that countless opportunities had been lost because of things I wanted to do first.
Finally I said, “Okay, Lord, I’ll go now!”
When Carol opened her door, she said tearfully, “How did you know I needed you right now”
I didn’t, but God did, and my surrender to Him played a part in Carol’s eventual surrender to Christ as her Saviour."
In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus taught that some things can wait, which includes half-scrubbed floors and a host of other things; however, a ripe harvest can’t wait!
Are we being obedient to His call for your life?
God chooses to use us, because we are the ones most suited to minister to the people in our arena of influence.
It is not by chance you/we have the relatives, friends, job, and church family that you/we do.
God led us wherever we are, for a reason.
Pray today that the Lord will begin showing you the destiny He has for you. Ask Him to help you be obedient to His will for your life. Are you willing to serve Him whatever the cost? It is this unswerving obedience and faithful service to the Lord that God richly blesses.
Thank you Mikey.