“Peter said to Him, “We have left all we had to follow you!” – NIV
I just love this passage. I love the conviction with which Peter speaks and I love the intensity in his claims. Doesn’t Jesus understand? Everything he had was given up for the sake of the gospel, what else does he have left? Nothing.
Many consider total allegiance to something a characteristic only found in cults and super-fanaticals, not of Christianity. Our society has a way of respecting those who dabble in an assortment of religious beliefs and reviles those who are wholeheartedly committed to one thing – especially if that one thing is Jesus Christ.
I may have said this before, but I can’t help but notice that in our culture it is respectable to say that we are seeking something, but egotistical to claim that we have finally found it. Intolerance is casts forth along with a number of other suspicious complaints the second a total commitment is made. Let’s face it, throughout history, those who have left everything to follow Christ have often been considered nothing more than fools.
What about us? Have we come to view total commitment as an option? It appears that this mentality has polluted our view of marriage, has faith also followed suit?
Lord, grant that we might not be afraid of radical commitment, even when others don’t understand.