Week One - Day Two
Following Jesus means sacrificing your time
Luke 5:11 - And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.
Luke 9:57-62 - As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” And Jesus said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”
Missionary Jim Elliot said, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”1 When Jesus called Peter, James, and John to follow him, “they left everything and followed him.” This doesn’t just mean they stopped fishing. They left a steady income with their business. They left the security of their homes (Luke 18:28). They left behind daily habits, routines, and their normal patterns of life. It seems they chose to follow Jesus over any opportunity for safety, security, and the potential of typical pleasures that life offers.
They didn’t stumble into this kind of commitment; they were aware of the cost. Later in his ministry, Jesus was clear about the time commitment it would take to follow him. In Luke 9, a man tried to reason with Jesus, saying he first wanted to have a goodbye party before following Jesus. Jesus used the analogy of a man plowing a field to expose the lack of commitment the man had; no prior life activities or accomplishments could compare to the kingdom of God and the reign of Jesus.
Jesus’ first disciples were called to a difficult life. As his disciples, we have the same calling to leave behind the pleasures of this world and devote our time to him. In exchange we receive something far more valuable - himself.
• What does the use of your time reveal concerning your belief about Jesus? Today, what does spending time with Jesus look like for you?
• Spend 3 minutes in prayer and ask God to change your heart and rearrange your priorities so that they align with his will.
• Take note of the ways that God has empowered you to change in the past and be encouraged he will continue his good work in you (Philippians 1:6). Record your praises and share those with a person from your family or discipleship group so they can celebrate with you.