When our kids were younger, we instituted something we called “first-time” obedience. The thought was simple. When our kids have a chore to do, we expected them to take care of it promptly. That meant without complaint or procrastination. Believe me, it didn’t work like that all the time. It was a process. But Janet and I also realized obedience is a growing process for us as well. I don’t respond immediately without complaint when Janet asks something of me. I’m getting better, but I’m still learning and growing.
But, isn’t curious that when Jesus calls Peter and others to follow him, they did it with “first-time” obedience. Matthew 4:19-20 Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” And they left their nets at once and followed him.
Now, these are adults with jobs and they “at once” or other verses say “immediately” left their jobs to follow this itinerant preacher, Jesus. What was it that motivated such immediate obedience? You might say, “Well, after all, he is God you know.” But remember, this is early in Jesus’ ministry. Not a whole lot of miracles under his belt yet. I believe Jesus’ compelling vision of changing the world was the “the fish hook” he used to motivate Peter to immediately leave everything to follow him.
Being part of a great mission or extraordinary opportunity is compelling. It is true in following Jesus. It’s also true with the everyday activities of your home. Give your family a great vision for your home and for the future. Let them know that every person is important and together they can do more, help more and be more.