Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A Lesson from B

Who is B, you ask, and what does he have to teach us today? He's my son, Brennan, of course! And he is adorable, don't you think?

The other day I was on "B" duty as my wife Julie, was away. Brennan is very active, very fast, and very curious; a dangerous combination. Like all 1-year old's (he's almost there), he understands a lot more than we give him credit for. He knows "no," and "no touch," and "more," and "bath" and "dance" and probably even more than that. He also knows "down," the word we use when he's approaching the stairs. We have two gates in our house to prevent him from going downstairs, but nothing to keep him from going up.

Well I had my back turned for about 2 seconds, after telling him "down," and of course you know the story...in those 2 seconds, he managed to climb up a few stairs. I turned around, rushed to grab him, but was too late as he fell down about 2-3 stairs, bumping his head on the way. Of course he cried hard, mostly from being startled, and gave me a scare (he was fine after about 30 seconds).

Why do I tell this story? Well there's two lessons to be learned here;
1) Dad's - never turn your back, or you'll have some explaining to do...
2) Delayed obedience is dis-obedience. For Brennan, he didn't obey right away and it cost him...even if he had thought "I'll just climb a few stairs and then come back down," by then, it would have been (and was) too late. He had fallen.

I was reading through Matthew the other day and came across these verses;

Walking along the beach of Lake Galilee, Jesus saw two brothers: Simon (later called Peter) and Andrew. They were fishing, throwing their nets into the lake. It 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, but simply dropped their nets and followed. (Matthew 4:18-20 - The Message)

Of course, what stuck out to me was that last bit...they didn't hesitate, didn't ask questions, didn't balk...they dropped their nets and followed. And it's that "dropping the nets" that is really the challenge. Why? Fishing wasn't something they were just doing for fun on a lazy summer day; fishing was their livelihood. It was their career, their life-work, the way they earned money for food. It was their passion.
So imagine if Jesus showed up at your work-place and said, "Mike, stop what your'e doing, quit your job and follow me, and I'll teach you a whole new way of life."
- But what about my job? What about my career? Where will we earn money for food? What are the risks? What's the future? What will you ask me to do? Where will we live, what will we do?

"Follow me." Jesus said "follow me." Not "buy into my plan, my strategy to grow the church," but "me....follow me." Not "don't worry, you'll be successful in a new way," not "I'll give you a better career," but simply "follow me."

Lately I've been trying to re-focus myself on listening to the Spirit. It is hard; there are so many distractions, and He doesn't always ask me to do the things I want to do. But still, to hesitate is to disobey. The way to intimacy with God is through the door of obedience...and really, when it comes to it we hesitate because we don't trust God.

"Without faith it is impossible to please God..." (Hebrews 11:6).

What about you? When God speaks, how do you respond? Do you follow Him, or do you hesitate?

1 comment:

❤cherelle said...

I too get easily distracted and it becomes difficult for me to hear the voice of God.

My job (in construction) is coming to an end in about a year and I need some direction as to what to do next. I was accepted into graduate school but I'm not sure if that's what He wants me to do.

Right now all I can do is be still and listen, and let the Lord guide me. I'd rather take a fall in the will of God, than a little fall anywhere else.