Lent Devotion Day 3

Source: International Christian Churches : "LENT: With ONE  Voice"
AT ONCE
We live in an instant world. Instant messaging has revolutionized the way we communicate. Email, Facebook, Skype, tweeting and blogging, have become indispensable to our fast-paced life. Our society relies on fast food, breaking news and instant noodles. Waiting for a letter is almost a thing of the past. Yet we have much to learn about instant obedience from some weather beaten fishermen with rough hands. Jesus’ personal authority is such that he simply gives the order to ‘follow me’ and they leave behind family, possessions and security, even though they don’t know where they are going. There is no argument, no delay, no excuse, only immediate compliance with Jesus’ words.

Jesus still expects the same from us today. The urgency of his mission requires an immediate response. His authority is so great that when we hear his call there is no option but to follow him, trust his provision and joyfully serve – at once.

Mark 1:6-20 The Message (MSG)
4-6 John the Baptizer appeared in the wild, preaching a baptism of life-change that leads to forgiveness of sins. People thronged to him from Judea and Jerusalem and, as they confessed their sins, were baptized by him in the Jordan River into a changed life. John wore a camel-hair habit, tied at the waist with a leather belt. He ate locusts and wild field honey.
7-8 As he preached he said, “The real action comes next: The star in this drama, to whom I’m a mere stagehand, will change your life. I’m baptizing you here in the river, turning your old life in for a kingdom life. His baptism—a holy baptism by the Holy Spirit—will change you from the inside out.”
9-11 At this time, Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. The moment he came out of the water, he saw the sky split open and God’s Spirit, looking like a dove, come down on him. Along with the Spirit, a voice: “You are my Son, chosen and marked by my love, pride of my life.”
God’s Kingdom Is Here
12-13 At once, this same Spirit pushed Jesus out into the wild. For forty wilderness days and nights he was tested by Satan. Wild animals were his companions, and angels took care of him.
14-15 After John was arrested, Jesus went to Galilee preaching the Message of God: “Time’s up! God’s kingdom is here. Change your life and believe the Message.”
16-18 Passing along the beach of Lake Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew net-fishing. Fishing was their regular work. Jesus said to them, “Come with me. I’ll make a new kind of fisherman out of you. I’ll show you how to catch men and women instead of perch and bass.” They didn’t ask questions. They dropped their nets and followed.
19-20 A dozen yards or so down the beach, he saw the brothers James and John, Zebedee’s sons. They were in the boat, mending their fishnets. Right off, he made the same offer. Immediately, they left their father Zebedee, the boat, and the hired hands, and followed.

FOR REFLECTION
• What have you left behind to follow Jesus? Why is it worth it?
• In what areas of your life is Jesus calling you to ‘instant obedience’ at the moment?
• What does it mean for you to leave behind family, possessions and security?

PRAYER
Father, I am sorry for those times when I have responded to your word with arguments, delays or excuses. Please forgive me and help me to obey quickly, joyfully and immediately. Thank you that the joy of knowing you and that the hope of glory far outweighs anything that I may have left behind. Thank you for making me into a fisher of men.

Based on today's reading, what is one thing God is saying to you?