THE DAILY CHOICE
What does it mean to ‘leave everything behind for Jesus’? Luke 5:27-28
In the devotional book, Sitting At His Feet, Chris Tiegreen’s daily articles either pierce a complacent heart or excite a seeking one.
The June 1 devotional is entitled Following Jesus. Following Jesus is neither simply saying yes to His doctrines, nor being part of a ‘personality cult’. It is definitely not an ‘adherence to a system of belief’. It is, quite simply, following Him.
We live in a world that advocates living for one’s advancement. The world has been brainwashing its citizens to follow their dreams since life is only lived once.
Sadly, most are alluding to this thought, unknowingly making themselves gods and creating for themselves little kingdoms. Most unfortunate is that those who claim to be followers of Jesus Christ are not spared.
The value and essence of commitment are drastically wearing away. In the long run, the ‘instants’ and ‘quick fixes’ that permeate today’s society will harm humanity.
Our souls no longer know how it is to value waiting...
the process of relating and balancing time. Because the ‘I’ is so promoted, commitment is judged to be too difficult, and therefore people forget the significance of community among unique individuals (Genesis 1:26; 28:3) and the commandment of Jesus Christ (Luke 10:27) to love others — things that are part and parcel of following Him.
In Luke 5:27-28 the author wrote that when Jesus told Levi to follow Him, he “got up and followed Him, leaving everything behind.” That brings us back to the original question: What does it mean to leave everything behind for Jesus in light of the difficulty commitment to Him brings?
It means freedom — from anything that we believe can make us happy, but takes us away from having infinite joy.
A fitting example are fantasies. For a time, fantasies — what you spend time thinking about in the privacy of your mind — provide happiness, security, peace, and balance. The brutal and obvious fact is that in fantasies, everything is not what it seems. They provide false hope.
Fantasies prevent us from embracing who we really are since the focus is on the imaginative, (therefore false) self. Constant dwelling in this make-believe world will make us the center of our lives– progressively making ourselves gods. We become prisoners of our own false reality. This subconsciously propels us to advance ourselves rather than be ourselves. The former makes us strive for something not based on reality, the latter allows us to be at peace with who we are and our relationships. The fruits of both will be known by the world, but only one will truly liberate us.
Just like any passenger who entrusts himself to the pilot or driver of any transport, we must perfectly submit to Jesus Christ who is the epitome of trustworthiness.
He alone can take us through realities that were once imaginable in our minds. As we do, we become recipients of the joy of knowing, loving, and following Jesus.
Doing so will make us realize that leaving everything behind won’t be as difficult, since in Him, we already have everything – more than what we ask or imagine.
Writer’s Bio: Maia’s adventurous spirit is manifested in her love for Jesus Christ, people, the ‘poor’, words, travel, learning, the creative, and anything natural. Jesus’ adventurous spirit makes this love worthwhile.