Mark 1:18 is the verse upon which we are meditating today. Jesus calls Simon and Andrew to be "fishers of men." And they follow Jesus "immediately." They left their nets (their way of making a living!) and followed Jesus. There was no hesitation or debate. They didn't calculate the cost over a long period of time. They didn't seek counsel from other people, especially family. They simply sensed this Jesus was a special Rabbi, a great man of God, an extraordinary teacher. There were many such teachers roaming the countryside in that day. To be called to follow one was an extraordinary privilege! When Jesus called them, the "immediately" dropped all and followed him.
Why is this word "immediately" important? Because delayed obedience is disobedience. There are many times in our lives when we know exactly what Jesus wants. We delay for myriad reasons. We know what we should do. But we wait and delay. That's disobedience.
Jesus wants all his followers to learn to follow him "immediately." When we know what's right, or we know what he wants us to do, or it's very apparent his will, we are to obey "immediately." No hesitation.
Because we know delayed obedience is disobedience.