Jesus calls His first disciples
Luke 5:10-11 and 5:27 give us insight into when Jesus called Peter a professional fisherman and Levi tax collector. Their immediate reactions are pretty striking if you stop and think about it. Peter and Levi left everything.
Think about it, when we plan on going somewhere we start packing. We ask, “How much can we bring”? Or what will I need when I get there?
Something about Jesus and this calling were different. They felt compelled at the sight of Jesus to leave it all. Later on, Jesus actually goes on to emphasize the need for this kind of obedience.
And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.
Jesus tells us to pick up our cross. Yes, the same tool used to torture and eventually kill Him. Jesus wants us to and not to forget to pack up our cross as we begin our journey as His followers.
What is your calling?
When we pray about our calling it’s normally asking for God to show us how He wants us to live for Him.
How different does your calling look when you pray and ask God, “where do you want me to go and die for you”?
The expectations of your calling would be different. You wouldn’t show up looking for the most comfortable, safe, and beautiful place.
Your view will be focused on the long-term because you’re expecting to give your life to this place, people, or cause. Like Peter and Levi, your immediate response would be to leave it all and follow Jesus.