“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
Some Sacrifice Required
(Please read Luke 5:1-11)
In view of the transient life of Jesus and his closest disciples, one might get the impression that they were all poor men who were living about as comfortably with him as they would have at home. But our text and other passages tell a different story.
These men had traveled with Jesus before, but now he was calling them to follow him full-time, which would require them to leave everything – boats, fishing gear and financial security. Apparently they had a good business, since they had more than one boat. James and John had hired helpers (Mark 1:3) and we can infer that their mother later provided financial help to support Jesus and his disciples (Matthew 27:55-56 and Luke 8:3). Matthew, later called to be a disciple, was a tax collector, a job which probably paid well. We don’t know a lot about the other disciples, but these five obviously gave up much in order to follow the Lord. Their dedication was so complete that Peter could later say, “Master, we have left everything to follow you!”
We know men who have made great sacrifices in order to be full-time preachers, but does the Lord expect the rest of us to make sacrifices as well? This statement by Jesus should help us answer that question: “In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:33, NIV). So we must give up something in order to be his disciples – which we should be willing to do, knowing that no matter what we sacrifice, we can never out-give him.