“Immediately They Left”
Lord, give us the courage to leave what we need to leave in order to follow you.
There may be sinful things that we need to leave to follow you but there may also be good things that we need to leave to follow you; there may be things that have done right by us and through which we have done right by others that nonetheless now stand in the way of our being who we need to be and doing what we need to do.
There may be tried and true ways of living that just won’t work anymore—not, at least, if we really want to follow you.
So help us, Lord, to leave behind what we need to leave behind to follow you.
And help us to do so immediately, since the one moment we know we have is this one.
“Immediately they left their nets and followed him” (Matthew 4:20).