the corinthians had expressed a willingness to give in the past, but now they are following through with it. at first glance, we might commend them for, “giving beyond their means, of their own accord. [ 2 corinthians 8:3], but… it was with delay.
delayed obedience is still disobedience.
- waiting another year to do full-time missions in ecuador
- pushing off joining the servant leadership institute
- avoiding that difficult conversation
- being too busy to make disciples
- making excuses not to adopt
- not giving as He has called you
in contrast, when, “Jesus said to them, ‘follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men,’ immediately, James and John left their nets and followed him.” [mark 1:17-18]
immediately. immediately, they dropped their nets. they dropped their careers. they dropped their livelihoods. they dropped their passion and dreams. they dropped all they had ever known… to follow Jesus.
~ natalie schmidt