After 35 years of school administration, I have overheard all kinds of parental conversation with children. I love watching what comes next after a mom will declare, “If you do that one more time…” And of course, they do it one more time just to see her reaction.
There is also the famous count down: “Three, two, one…” and then comes the explosion. Or the equally well-known phrase, “Wait till your father comes home.” (As if parental authority only resides with one parent.)
But I have also heard some really good parental comments. And my favorite came from a mom in a grocery store. She asked her child to put something back on the shelf. And when he hesitated, she reminded him that “delay was not obedience.”
I thought of that phrase during the message on Sunday. We were told that Saul gathered the Israelites at a place called Bezek. They came together for the battle as “one man.” And they came together quickly, without delay. That’s what the term “Bezek” means. It literally speaks of lightning, the way it quickly scatters across the sky.
The army was unified and mustered without hesitation. They responded instantly.
In Matthew 4, Jesus called James and John to join him and the scripture says, “immediately they left the boat and their father and followed Him.” Note the word “Immediately.” In Mark 2, a man sick with palsy was healed by Jesus. And we read, “immediately he arose, took up the bed and went forth…” Note “Immediately.”
The Israelites rallied behind Saul at Bezek (immediately). The disciples dropped their nets and followed (immediately). The sick man dropped his bed and followed (immediately).
I think it might be time for us to do the same. Our life principle this week is to live in such a way as to advance the kingdom. And we need to do it IMMEDIATELY.
Take a few minutes and pray for guidance. Ask the Lord where He would like to use you. Review your skill set and spiritual gifts. Seek some wisdom on where and how to engage in Kingdom work.
And let’s do it IMMEDIATELY.