“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”  At once they left their nets and followed him.  Matthew 4:19-20

When Jesus saw Simon (called Peter) and his brother Andrew he began his task of gathering people to be his disciples. We are told about many he called in the Bible. For all these different people, nearly every time the process of following required leaving something else.

Peter and Andrew left their nets. James and John left their nets and their father (Matthew 4:20-21). Levi left his tax booth with everything he had collected sitting there and followed. (Luke 5:27-28).

Following Jesus means relinquishing something you have, sometimes something or someone you deeply desire.

Is there something in your life you are clinging to and yet can here the voice of Jesus calling you to let go?  Have you ever said I could never live without or I could quit if I wanted to (but you don’t)? Is your life cluttered by things or your peace destroyed by worry?

Jesus is not asking to deprive you of something you actually need. Jesus is offering to free you to follow him completely. He knows us better than we do. The things we think we need are often those things that are actually holding us back. .

The weight of our old life is too great to carry onto the path Jesus has laid before us. Let us pray for the courage to walk away from anything that hinders our walk with Christ.

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