When Jesus called the fishermen to follow Him and told them He would teach them to fish for people (i.e. spread the Gospel message to help build His Kingdom of followers), they forsook how much? ALL! How slowly? Not slowly! Immediately! Ever considered how much they probably gave up to be with Him and to love and serve Him and others? Ever considered how much and exactly what the Lord might call you to forsake for Him to love and serve Him and others?
Think about these fishermen called by Jesus to forsake all. I can only imagine how much they might have been called to forsake for the Lord. To give up for Him. To sacrifice for Him. To be totally devoted to Him. Most likely their income, profession, friends and families, where they lived either on a boat or elsewhere, what was familiar, what was comfortable, what felt safe and secure, control over their own lives, their way of doing things, living for themselves instead of for Jesus, the world’s ways, their plans, agendas, goals, and dreams, wishes, ways, and wants, what they likely considered their freedom, and only the Lord knows what else!
Friend, we who believe in Jesus Christ as Lord are to forsake all for Him. We are no longer to live for ourselves but for Him. We are to give up anything and anyone He wants us to give up.
For years, I called myself a believer in Him but lived for me not Him. He brought strong correction and transformed me into a servant and daughter of His who now lives totally devoted to Him. The way we were all created to live. For the Lord! I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Jesus Christ and having a forever relationship with Him and the joy and fulfillment and blessedness of being entirely His and living wholly for Him and drawing ever closer to Him and being conformed ever more to Him and being ever prepared for eternity with Him and knowing His love like I know it now and the privilege of being used by Him to help others to find and follow Him are greater riches to me than all the earthly pleasures of this life!
Where do you stand, friend? Have you given yourself utterly to the Lord? Are you entirely His? Fully surrendered? Holding anything back? Forsaken all for Him? Oh, cry out to Jesus and give Him all, absolutely all, now and forever, AMEN! Be totally devoted to the Lord Jesus Christ now and forever, AMEN!
Father, lead to repentance any and all who need it. Bring all who read this and people worldwide to a place of being totally devoted to you! Totally devoted, yes. AMEN!
“Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. 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 which they had taken; and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.” So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him.” Luke 5:3-11
“From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” They immediately left their nets and followed Him. Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him.” Matthew 4:17-22
“So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.” Luke 14:33
“and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.” 2 Cor. 5:15