There Is No Time Like the Present
“Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, ‘Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.’ And immediately they left their nets and followed Him. And going on a little farther, He saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending their nets. And immediately He called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed Him.” (vs. 16-20)
Did you notice how much time it took Andrew, Simon, James, and John to decide whether or not they would follow Jesus? NO TIME. They followed Jesus immediately.
That reminded me of a very important reality: sometimes we don’t need time to think through a decision . . . we just need to make it.
Now – PLEASE don’t misunderstand. I am not advocating a whole bunch of ‘blind leaps’ that end in destruction due to ignorance and arrogance. There are PLENTY of decisions that we need to make that require time and prayer and counsel and deliberation. I am in the middle of making tons of decisions that have taken me a while to decide what I need to do. I would venture to say that a majority of decisions we make need to be thought through carefully and with much wisdom and discernment.
Having said that, however, I also believe there are decisions we face that we know immediately what we ought to do but put off making the decision in order to look wise or discerning or humble. Sometimes putting off a decision that we know we ought to do allows the enemy to flood our minds with reasons not to do it.
What if Simon and James and Andrew and John thought through the implications of their decision before following Jesus?
– “How are we going to make a living?”
– “What will our daddy say?”
– “What if this guy Jesus is a quack?”
– “But we’ve worked our whole life to build this fishing industry?”
– “My wife will NOT be happy with this.”
The excuses would have flooded their minds and quite possibly would have made the biggest mistake of their lives.
Mark tells us, however, that they left everything IMMEDIATELY and followed Jesus. And it was the greatest decision of their lives.
Many, if not most, decisions need time and prayer and deliberation. Some, however, need to be made now.
What is it that you know now you need to do but keep putting off? Just do it. There is no time like the present.