There’s nothing like a sense of urgency to get folks moving. An emergency causes immediate action.

Placing faith in Christ is not the result of emergency, but immediate opportunity! What do these next moments provide – right now – for you in your journey as a believer?

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As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.

Mark 1:19-20

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When I first considered becoming a pastor, I knew in my heart that this was what God wanted me to do, but I was afraid. I didn't want to go to school in a state where I'd never lived. I was scared of what others might think of me. As soon as I took that first step, telling my parents that seminary was for me and filling out the application, God gave me strength for the next step.

Sometimes this is what believing and following God is all about. Yes, acknowledging that we are nervous. Yes, acknowledging that hard, life-changing decisions are involved. Then simply taking the next step. This is exactly what James and John did when Jesus showed up in their town and said "Follow me." They left their family. They left their home. They simply followed Jesus.

What is God calling you to do as the next step? Take some time to think about it, and even consider talking to a parent, a teacher, or a pastor if you need some help.

Elizabeth Evans Hagan

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Lord, I have no idea where the journey of following you will take me. But I do know that you ask me to always take the next step as you lead. Keep me following you today. Amen.

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As we work together with him we urge you also not to accept the grace of God in vain. For he says, "At an acceptable time I have listened to you, and on a day of salvation I have helped you." See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation!

2 Corinthians 6:1-2

Elizabeth Evans Hagan

Elizabeth Evans Hagan is pastor of Washington Plaza Baptist Church in Reston, Virginia, a suburb of Washington DC. She regularly blogs about the art of pastoring and the adventure of faith at Preacher on the Plaza . Elizabeth is married to Kevin, and together they enjoy watching as many movies as possible and planning their next vacation, preferably to somewhere with a beach.

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