When they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed Him.
And he left everything behind, and got up and began to follow Him. Luke 5:11, 28
They left everything and followed Him. This statement about fishermen Peter, James, and John and the other like it about Levi, the tax collector, really struck me as I read through Luke 5. They left everything! What exactly that all entailed for them, I do not know, but the word everything certainly gives the impression that it wasn’t a small feat.
If someone were to say you left everything to follow Jesus, what would that mean for you? Would it mean giving up certain friends or family? Or maybe certain false teachings you have learned and believed for years? Maybe a sinful intimate relationship, an addiction, a time consuming successful career, or those hobbies you can only do on Sunday? How about those cultural beliefs that outright go against the bible? What about giving up comfort to help others in need?
Maybe we’re not required to give up everything in the exact same way as Peter, James, John, and Levi —they had a specific purpose to accomplish in being direct disciples of Jesus to bring forth the firstfruits of the gospel — but it’s a guarantee that everyone will have to give up some hard things to follow Jesus and a faithful disciple must be willing to leave everything necessary and follow Him.
My God, I want to be a faithful disciple of Jesus and in doing this I will give up everything necessary to follow Him. If there is something in my life that is hindering me, please bring it to my attention and forgive me as I strive to be fully pleasing to You. Thank you for the disciples who so willingly left everything to follow Jesus so that they could be devoted students of Jesus to proclaim His good news and give us an example to follow. Amen.
Truth in love,