Immediately He called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants, and went away to follow Him.
'Surely I am coming quickly.' Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
You've been called. You feel a sense of urgency. You're a runner at the track.
You're a performer: an actor, model, singer or dancer. For you, show business began early. When other toddlers walked, you danced--delighting family and friends with your poses, skits and shows. You were bold and dramatic--even sassy. Sooner or later, your parents realized the truth: you were born to perform.
Jesus was born to perform. Although the Bible leaves stories untold, we have hints. As a bold 12-year-old on a trip to the temple, young Jesus hung back in Jerusalem--without the knowledge or consent of His parents.
'So it was that after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard Him were astonished' (Luke 2:46-47). He was ready. He was set, and He went.
A Star was born. But His time had not yet come. He submitted to God and parental authority and waited an additional 18 years for His first major role. It happened in an unusual place: the Jordan River. From there, super-stardom followed quickly.
Jesus was cast to star in the world's biggest drama, but He had to wait for the stage to be set, the supporting cast to be found and the villain to be lulled into a false sense of security. He had to wait for the growth of 'Wisdom and stature and favor with God and man' (Luke 2:52).
Because the Director, Who is God, is The Master of perfect timing. King David said it. Both He and Jesus lived it: 'My times are in Your Hand' (Psalm 31:15).
Today actors, models and talent for Christ answer God's casting call for supporting roles in the world's second-biggest drama: the return of Christ.
From His concluding words in the concluding chapter of the Bible, Jesus compels us to readiness. Are we?
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Hurry Up And Wait series.