Leaving It All Behind


Peter, Andrew, James, and John with their ordinary names were living their seemingly ordinary lives in their seemingly usual ordinary ways when something extraordinary happened. The Lord Jesus Christ came along and called them to follow Him which they immediately did leaving it all behind and becoming His apostles to help build His Kingdom of followers. The Bible shows us their response to Jesus’ call was they left behind their NETS, their SHIP, and their FATHER.

The nets represented their work and livelihood. Their ship represented their work and transportation and perhaps at times their place to live. Their father represented their loved ones. They didn’t argue with Jesus, complain to Jesus, resist Jesus, debate with Jesus, bargain with Jesus, throw pity parties about what they were called to do, panic over their future, or rebel against Jesus. They left it all behind. Not for their sakes. For Christ’s sake. Please pay attention to their response in these verses and how they left it all behind.

“And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and followed him. And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them. And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.” Matthew 4:18-22

What if anything or anyone are you holding onto that or whom Jesus has called you to leave behind in loving Him, in serving Him, in following Him? Is there anything or anyone the Lord has spoken to your heart you must let go? Let go!

Please pray. Please read the Bible. Please listen for the Holy Spirit speaking through His Word and to your heart directly in line with His Word and OBEY HIM. Anything or anyone He calls you to leave behind in faithfully and devotedly following Him, He will give you the strength to do so!

Be a good and faithful servant. Seek the Lord, friend. And follow Him forth!

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