Mark 1:15-20 (NIV)
15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” 16 As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 17 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 18 At once they left their nets and followed him.
“Many forget that the call to follow Jesus comes within the context of the kingdom of God. This is evident in Mark’s Gospel where Jesus’s initial proclamation—“the kingdom of God is at hand” (1:15)—is immediately accompanied with an invitation: “follow me” (1:17). To heed the call of Christ is to follow him as king and to live in light of his kingdom. This is more than an emotional decision we make at an event. It is an adventure for all of life.” [Jeremy Treat, Seek First, p. 86]
The kingdom of God is all about timing, and the book of Mark portrays the urgency with which Jesus proclaims the gospel, calls his disciples, and begins his mission. Discipleship is predicated by immediate, timely response of those called. Peter and Andrew were ready to follow Jesus immediately!
Are there areas where you have been slow to respond in following Jesus?
Prayer: Lord, ready my heart to respond to your invitation today. Fill me with the urgency to seek your kingdom first today. In Jesus’ name, amen.