I came across a few verses in Luke the other day that have me puzzled.
8 But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” 9 For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish that they had taken, 10 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.” 11 And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him. (ESV, emphasis mine)
27 After this he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth. And he said to him, “Follow me.” 28 And leaving everything, he rose and followed him. (ESV, emphasis mine)
The puzzle for me is that I actually know where my stuff is. It’s still at my house. I guess the easy out is to say that the thing we leave behind is our happiness about sinning. That if we do it right we leave behind the trappings of this world and look to the Kingdom. I just don’t feel like that what Luke is writing about here. Something happened to these guys in the moment Jesus called them and they left it all because of His calling. I’m sure this still happens, but I am confident that it’s in the minority instead of the majority. So the question I am asking myself, and I hope all you would chime in also:
Does following Christ require us to leave anything behind these days or was that just something for the original disciples?
Grace and Peace.