But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish that they had taken, and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.” And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him. Luke 5:8-11
Imagine leaving your job and family and following someone you had known for a few days. The person you are going to follow has not money and no means of support. In fact they do not even own a house or any possessions except for the cloths they are wearing. Talk about a leap of faith. But that is exactly what Simon, James and John do in today’s verses.
The three had a business together and we know that Simon was married and supported his mother-in-law. Yet there was something about the new rabbi that made them want to give up everything they had and follow Him. I can imagine their friends and family telling them they were crazy to do what they were doing. I am sure they were reminded of their responsibilities. Seems there is always someone ready to tell you why you cannot do what you want to do.
Today few of us are ever asked to give up everything we own to follow Jesus and live on faith that God will provide. I am afraid I would be like the rich ruler of Luke 18:18-30 that asked Jesus what he needed to do to inherit eternal life. We tend to love our stuff and take great pains to keep what we have and add to it. And the more we have the harder it is to leave behind.
Yet Simon, James and John left everything behind to follow Jesus. Jesus touched them in a way that made giving everything up seem worth it. He still touches people in the same way today. Maybe we do not have to give up everything to follow Him today but we do have to give up one very important thing. We have to turn our life over to Him.
Have a blessed day,