It has been a busy weekend. And a busy Monday so far. I am working on a few book reviews of really interesting books and I'm excited to post them in a few days.
Meanwhile, I got my first email today from a reader that I didn't know at all either through blogging or a past life. That was fun. This wonderful reader had no purpose in writing except to tell me something cool about her experience with my book.
But, enough about me. I wanted to talk about something I've noticed as I've been reading the New Testament this last time around. I have a completely new and enhanced picture of the Savior and I've really learned some cool things.
The first clue to what I'm talking about is found in Matthew 4: 18-22. This is where Jesus called his first apostles, Peter, Andrew, then James and John. The text is interesting. Jesus saw them and said, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." The text then says, "And they straightway left their nets, and followed him" (vs. 19-20)
The same thing happened with James and John: the Savior saw them and called them, and they followed Him. In their case, the text says "They immediately left their ship and their father and followed him" (vs. 22).
The words "straightway" and "immediately" are in my mind as I read these accounts. I know I'm not the only one to notice these modifiers, but I am interested to think about what they mean--and what they mean about the Savior's expectations for our service. But more on that later.
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