After yesterday’s sermon by Pastor Brent from Mark 1, I went to the gospels this morning to see Jesus’ call of the first disciples (Matthew 4, Luke 5, Mark 1) and to hear His words again. I was helped by both the sermon and by one commentators conclusion.

Grant Osborne, Matthew:

“Mark and Matthew say the first four disciples surrendered both occupation and family, and Luke 5:11 says they ‘left everything’ to follow Christ. The problem today is so many want to give Christ virtually a “tithe” of their life, that is, one-tenth to him and 90 percent for themselves. Jesus makes it clear that such will not do. ‘No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God’ (Luke 9:62). As [Don] Hagner says, ‘The call of God through Jesus is sovereign and absolute in its authority; the response of those who are called is to be both immediate and absolute, involving a complete break with old loyalties.’ This will look different for each of us; but the truth is the same. Everything we hold back from God will hamper the quality of our life and keep us from realizing our true potential for him.”

The immediacy and the surrender will look different for different men, women and families, but the truth is the same.  Discipleship for Jesus was a total, radical surrender.