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The Word For Every Day

The Word For Every Day

We were at the dinner table the other night with our daughter, our son-in-law, and our two-year old grandson Jordan. Those are usually times when we get to catch up on Jordan’s latest exploits and his vocabulary explosion. Mommy asked our grandson a question I had never heard her ask him before – "Jordan, honey – what’s the word for today?" For a minute, I thought she was asking him about his grandfather’s radio program. But it was actually not that. It was quiet at the table and we all waited to see what was the word for today. Jordan raised his eyebrows a little and answered this way - "Obey". I’ve heard his parents ask him since then what the word for today is on other days. The answer is always the same – "obey".

Well, I want to have A WORD WITH YOU today about "The Word For EVERY Day".

I can almost picture God asking you and me, "My child – what’s the word for today?" The right answer always is – say it with me now – "obey".

I’ve often wondered what it was about old Simon Peter that caused Jesus to make Peter His "main man". It couldn’t have been his consistency – he was all over the map. It sure wasn’t his dependability – he denied Jesus in the hour when Jesus needed him the most. But there was one trait in Simon Peter that Jesus loved – and with all our imperfections and our failures, it’s what Jesus is looking for in you and me, too.

The heart of a true disciple of Jesus is on display for us in our word for today from the Word of God in Luke 5:5. Peter, the veteran fisherman, has been out all night fishing, and he’s caught nothing. Then, in the heat of the day, after he’s already cleaned his nets, Jesus tells Simon Peter to "put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch". And Luke 5 says, "Simon answered, ‘Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. (Translation: "Doing what You say makes absolutely no sense to me.") But because You say so, I will let down the nets for a catch." And he caught more fish than he’d ever seen in his life!

If you ask Peter what the word for today is, he’s going to say what our grandson says – "Obey". Peter did a lot of things wrong – but the one thing that qualified him for spiritual greatness was that he did what Jesus said – whether or not it felt good, whether or not it made sense, no matter how it looked. So he fished when there seemed to be no reason to – just because Jesus said to. He stepped out of the boat and walked on water – just because Jesus said to. He went to Gentiles with the Gospel when he cringed at the thought – just because Jesus said to.

And right now, obeying is what Jesus is waiting for from you. There’s a relationship He’s telling you to mend . . . a sin He’s telling you to forsake . . . baggage He’s telling you to face . . . a mission He’s telling you to carry out for Him . . . some lost people He’s telling you to go to with His Good News. And you’re real busy for Him . . . you’re making sacrifices for Him… you’re reading your Bible . . . you’re praying – but you’re not obeying. Not in that area of your life that you’re stubbornly running your way.

When King Saul disobeyed God’s order, he tried to placate God with sacrifices and spiritual words. God’s word to him may be God’s word to you right now – "To obey is better than sacrifice." (I Samuel 15:22). God would rather have you just do what He says than all the stuff you’re doing for Him.

"Trust and obey – for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey." When it comes to following Jesus, the word for today is always "obey".



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