Have you ever noticed that nearly every time someone follows Jesus, they leave something behind?
“Follow me,” Jesus said to him, and Levi got up, left everything and followed him. – NIV
In this passage, Levi leaves his tax booth. Peter and Andrew left their nets while James and John left the boat and their father. Even more so, the woman at the well left her water jar and the merchant who went looking for fine pearls sold all he had for the kingdom of Heaven.
It is a subtle but consistent theme in the Gospels: To follow Jesus means to forsake something else…or possibly, everything else.
I find it ironic that the items left behind in these passages are almost reported as sheer afterthoughts. These people did not seem to agonize over their decision, quite the opposite actually. They were just far too focused on something better. They were completely preoccupied with the Son of Man.