As a parent, you find yourself using the adverb “immediately” on many occasions while speaking to your children. “Please take out the trash, and do it immediately.” “You need to come inside immediately. Supper’s ready.” “I expect you to clean up your room immediately.” Immediately means “at once; instantly; without any intervening time or space.” Some synonyms are instantly, now, promptly, this very minute, on the spot, here and now, and without delay. Those words clearly describe the desire of a parent’s heart and the timely action that is follow in the lives of their children.
This word is used often in the book of Mark in connection with the Lord’s actions and commands. One instance in particular is found in Mark 1:16-20, And as He walked by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. 17 Then Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” 18 They immediately left their nets and followed Him.19 When He had gone a little farther from there, He saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the boat mending their nets. 20 And immediately He called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants, and went after Him. When Jesus called, they responded immediately, instantly, promptly, on the spot.
Is my response immediate to Christ’s commands and calls? Or, do I sanctimoniously say, “I need to pray about that.” I do not see anywhere in Scripture that I need to pray about obedience to the Lord. Since His way is perfect (Psalm 18:30), and He is God in all His attributes, character, and glory, I must obey immediately; I must act immediately. As a father, I expected immediate response from my girls. Perhaps our children would learn to respond in a more immediate fashion to us their parents if they saw us responding immediately to our Heavenly Father. Can you hear your Father say, “Why do you call me, Lord, Lord, and do not do what I tell you?” (Luke 6:46)?