"And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him." Luke 5:11
Jesus is in the business of rocking our boats.
Simon Peter, James and John, three of the twelve disciples, referred to in this passage "left everything" to follow Jesus (job and family). I think it is a similar call He asks you and I to follow Him; we must leave everything behind.
I can think of several things to leave behind, here are a few thoughts:
Money or Job. God wants us to rely on Him so much we must be willing to leave behind money or an amazing job.
While serving at the camp I learned it was pretty comfortable serving there: no rent, no water bill, no electricity bill. Don't get me wrong, it was hard work, but a pretty amazing job when you looked at the many ways the camp takes care of those who serve there.
We came to a place where if we wanted to followed God, obey (Deut. 28:1), we had to leave somewhere we were comfortable to serve Him right where He wanted us.
Guilt and shame. Not only does Jesus' blood cover up our iniquities, He asks us to leave it behind. Our past is taken care of by His blood, there is no reason you and I should allow Satan to use it against us. Cast out these thoughts and leave them behind, if we don't than we are disobeying His command.
Our selfish earthly selves. God wants us to be transformed! The desires of our heart must begin to change; for in His service our sensitivity to the spiritual realm must increase.
"as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal." 2 Corinthians 4:18
What we leave behind is the things we see and we need to begin to focus on the spiritual realm. Living for ourselves, focusing on flesh things, hinders us from following Him.
Leave it behind. Follow Him.
Our you ready to let Him rock your boat today? The call is there, "...[leave] everything and [follow] Him." How will you let go of what's holding you from surrendering all today?
My prayer is we allow ourselves to leave it and follow Jesus more today than yesterday.