Read: John 4:9-14, 27-29
Leaving things behind is not always a bad thing. In the passage for today, we read about a woman who had come to draw water at a well. After her encounter with Jesus, she was changed. Leaving her water jar behind, she hurried back to the city to tell others what Jesus had said to her (John 4:28-29). Even though she had come for water, that physical need paled in comparison to telling others about Christ whom she had just met.
We see a similar thing in the lives of the disciples of Jesus also. When Jesus called Peter and Andrew, they left their fishing nets to follow Jesus (Matt. 4:18-20). In fact, they left behind the thing (fishing nets) which was their source of income. And James and John left their nets, boat, and even their father when Jesus called them (Matt. 4:21-22).
We see people leaving their everything to follow Jesus despite them not having much understanding or revelation about Jesus compared to what we have now. The new life of following Jesus Christ means that we have to leave some things behind, those things that don’t bring eternal satisfaction. We should not allow them to take hold of our time and attention more than Jesus. Those things may include our old friendships, relationships, material cravings, ungodly things, desires, etc. Anything that stands against Jesus and His truth should be left behind in order to have a meaningful walk with the Lord. What we once craved cannot compare with the life and “living water” which Jesus alone can offer. If Christ showed His love for us by dying for us, we have to show ours by wholly living for Him.