Luke 5:11 — So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed Him (NIV).
Jesus told Peter, Andrew, James, and John they were no longer going to catch fish. Instead, they were to catch men. He commanded them to follow Him, so the fishermen pulled their boats up on shore and went with Him. These four gentlemen became Christ’s first disciples.
The Bible says Peter and his partners left everything to follow Jesus. This included the massive catch of fish they had just made. Scripture doesn’t mention any deliberation on the part of the fishermen. They didn’t have a pow-wow to discuss whether or not they should go; they just went.
Even so, I imagine at least one of them thought to himself, “Wait a minute. Shouldn’t we do something about all the fish we just caught? There’s a lot of money on those two boats. Hey, I need to call my family. Hold on a second! Let’s think this over!”
There’s an important lesson to be learned here. When we choose to follow Christ wholeheartedly, it will many times cost us things, or even relationships, that are very valuable to us. These men left their jobs, families, and possessions. It would be easy to leave everything and follow Christ if we had nothing to lose.
The fact of the matter is it’s very difficult to let go of things that are dear to us. In his letter to the Philippians, Paul wrote about forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead (Philippians 3:13-14). Forgetting what is behind includes past defeats, as well as victories—the bad things and the blessings.
Jesus wants all of you. I encourage you today to lay your entire life down to follow Christ. God has great plans for you, but you cannot move on to your future while dragging your feet in the past. Past blessings are a great source of encouragement during hard times, but don’t allow them to rob you of the blessings ahead.
Luke 5:27-28 — 27 “Follow Me,” Jesus said to him, 28 and Levi got up, left everything and followed Him (NIV).
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