“Immediately”

by Andrew Forrest

I’ve always thought that the calling of Andrew and Peter, James and John was a strange story, but recently I read something somewhere that made a lot of sense to me. Twice, Matthew tells us that the brothers left their nets “immediately,” i.e., when Jesus calls, they respond totally: they don’t hedge their bets or halfway follow him. What’s Matthew trying to tell us?

Either we follow Jesus, or we don’t: there is no place for a half-hearted discipleship.3

Jesus says, “Follow me.” In response, what do you need to “immediately” leave, drop, or do today?

Today’s Scripture

Matthew 4:12-25

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Sunny Kern January 9, 2019 - 6:15 am

I heard one pastor say that the fact that they were fisherman in the family business meant they were rejected by all the other rabbis or teachers. Consequently, when Jesus invited them they immediately followed. They had set out to learn to imitate their rabbit, Jesus, as any follower of a rabbi would do. I think that following Jesus means immediately seizing the opportunity to imitate Jesus as it arises during the course of each day. May God grant us eyes to see and ears to hear those opportunities and grace to imitate Jesus.

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Andrew Forrest January 9, 2019 - 6:39 am

I like that: just immediately act like Jesus wherever you are.

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