John 21:3 Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing.
Through Scripture and in world history, it’s amazing what the consequences or rewards of one quick decision can be. Think Abraham and Hagar. Lot and his tent. Eve and the fruit. Esau’s birthright. Dinah and Shechem. And there are scores more. But there are good examples. How about when the Lord called Abraham, and immediately He followed, not knowing whither he went? How bout the disciples’ immediately heeding the call to follow Christ? What about Noah and the construction of the ark? And the list could go on.
This morning I am reminded of the weightiness of our even split moment decisions, and the affect they can have on many others, as Peter’s decision to go back to fishing influenced 6 others to go with him. I’m reminded of the story where my father decided on the spur of the moment to go to Bible college, and my uncle decided to go too. Communities and scores of lives have been changed because of those two men. But I’ve also seen the contrary. My prayer is two-fold: First, when the Lord calls me to do something, or the Spirit burns within me to follow, or give, or move, or sacrifice, or make a change, I’d follow, instantly, and obediently, in faith. Secondly, might I live with this in mind – that if I sin, or stumble, or fall – even if it’s based on a spur of the moment decision – It’s probable I’ll affect my family, my friends, those under my influence, and more. Might we keep this truth in our hearts as we follow the Lord today.