“And straight away coming up out of the water, He saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon Him”. “And immediately the Spirit drove Him into the wilderness”
Mark 1:10 &12
No Holding Back
In the gospel of Mark, the word “immediately” is used over 40 times. In the first four chapters, I circled the word 14 times! It’s a very odd writing style to see the same word repeated over and over again in so many sentences. It certainly stands out.
In the Greek the word is “Eutheos” which means ‘straightwaway’ or, straight from point A to point B.
It is a very suggestive and expressive term, revealing the character of Jesus by showing us how He served. There was no slacking, but he responded “straight away” He was ever about His “Father’s business.” (Luke 2:49) Jesus did not hesitate to do what God was asking him to do. He did not delay or procrastinate. He did not hold back, he did not act reluctantly. He did not slack off.
I need to learn from Jesus’ perfect example. How often do I hesitate to do the thing God asks of me? How often do I pause, question, or procrastinate? My procrastination often leads to inaction. I put off the very thing God asked me to do, and then I fail to follow through. My lackadaisical attitude overcomes my obedient response to God. This is called sin–pure and simple, no way around it!
Lord, I want to be available “staightway” when You calls me action. I must be ready because my response is the test that determines if I really trust You or follow my own desires. I want to make myself ready and available today when I hear Jesus say to “Follow Me”.