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Leaving Good Things Behind

When Jesus called his first disciples, Simon, Andrew, James and John, they were working, earning their livelihood as fishermen. They were all in a safe place doing good things, and they walked away without hesitation.

“‘Come, follow me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will send you out to fish for people.’ At once they left their nets and followed him” (Mark 1:17-18).

While most of us probably wouldn't consider our lives perfect, they are filled with some good things -- loving families, fulfilling jobs, comfortable homes, relaxing vacations and rewarding volunteer roles. But what if, like these disciples, we were called to walk away from a good thing in order to witness a God thing? Would we do it?

The disciples’ obedience allowed them to witness miracles. Shortly after they leave their jobs and families, Jesus leads the disciples to Capernaum where they watched Him drive an evil spirit from a possessed man. Soon news about Jesus was spreading all over Galilee. Little did the disciples know, Jesus was just getting started.

Too often we assume distractions have to be immoral, illegal or both. But if not for a willingness to leave safety, security and stability to follow Jesus, Simon, Andrew, James and John might have missed the opportunity to be part of the greatest move of God of all time.


  • The disciples all took a step of faith in following Jesus. What next step is Jesus calling you to take?
  • Has God called you to do something really big? What’s holding you back? And, what steps can you take to change that?

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