Can you respond “At Once”?

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living©

“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him.
(Matthew 4:19-20 (NIV))

At once!

How long did it take you to came to the realization that you needed to follow Jesus? Was it something that took days, weeks, or months? Perhaps it even took years to finally touch your heart and make you see the truth behind the man who died on the cross? Let’s face facts. Most people alive today in this part of the world have heard of Jesus since they were very young. I will admit that some people do have a distorted view of Him, but they still know that Jesus claimed to be the Son of God.

Now, consider the men to whom Jesus spoke. They did not know Him. They had never heard of Him. If they had met Him in a crowd, they would probably not be able to pick Him out from the countless others that they would see. Still, they left everything and followed Him.

At once!

What was it about Jesus that made these men realize that they needed to follow Him? What was it about Jesus that made these men walk away from everything that they had ever known to simply follow a stranger?

I think that everybody has a vision of Jesus as a man who radiates righteousness. To many, thanks to movies, you could even say He glows with the presence of the Holy Spirit. I honestly believe that Jesus simply had, and still has, a powerful presence. This is a presence that either draws you to Him or turns you from Him simply based on your desires. If you desire righteousness, then you will be drawn to Jesus. I believe that it is our sinful natures that make us vacillate and take so long to respond.

At once!

To respond in this manner takes a strong faith. It takes a strong desire. It takes a inner strength to admit that you need a savior. Too many people are not willing to admit to what they see as a shameful confession – that they are in need of a savior.

I pray that each of us are strong enough to admit that we are weak and that we need Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior. I pray that each of us come to that realization at once, before it is too late.

Have you come to that realization?

Copyright 1998 – 2009 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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