Or have you chosen to drag your feet when Jesus calls you to follow Him?
ETERNAL PERSPECTIVES by Sally Bair
I can still hear my mother calling me while I had my nose in a book—again—when I should have been taking care of chores. “Get in this kitchen immediately!” she yelled. With her extra-loud emphasis on the word immediately, I knew it was time to close the book and get going.
Impetuous by nature, I can identify with immediacy. The word speaks of automatic action. Although I like to think my quick decisions will be good, at times they end up being foolish or thoughtless.
The Gospel of Mark contains the word immediate many times. Mark wrote more about Jesus’ miracles than His teachings. The author comes across as a man of emotion and action, one who wants his audience to respond with like emotion to the vivid descriptions of Jesus and the people. His fast-paced account reminds me of a hard-to-put-down thriller that leaves us breathless.
Indeed, Mark’s God-ordained purpose was to entice us to walk—or run—in the footsteps of Jesus. His narrative, written mainly for non-Jewish readers who faced persecution and martyrdom, fulfills its purpose to cause us, too, to take action. If nothing else, it shows us how God used sudden events to prove His deity and His desire to bring us to saving faith in His Son, Jesus, our Savior and Lord.
Jesus’ magnetic personality and miracles had people flocking to Him. Jesus said to a paralyzed man, “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house. Immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went out in the presence of them all, so all were amazed and glorified God ….” (Mark 11-12)
When we hear commands that include the word immediately, we may tend toward lightning-quick obedience—let’s go, stop, or come here now! God would have us heed His biblical warnings immediately, too. He does not want us to put off our eternal destiny like the five virgins did in Jesus’ parable (see Matthew 25). He warns us to “Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming … be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” (Matthew 24:42, 44)
Lord, thank You for giving us warnings. Cause us to immediately heed them with the expectation and promise of living with You now and forever. In Jesus’ name, amen.