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Then Peter spoke up, “We have left everything to follow you!”
We know very little about Peter’s family life, but here’s what we do know. He was a fisherman by trade. Most likely, he was a partner in James and John’s father’s business. He was a husband because the scripture says he had a mother-in-law whom Jesus healed (Mt. 8:14,15; 1 Cor. 9:5). The Catholic Church says Peter’s wife was crucified on the same day Peter was crucified and preceded him in death. That’s it. That’s all we know. Yet, Peter says that he had left everything to follow Jesus. “But, Was It True?”
My best answer for that question is when Peter made the statement, he had no idea what leaving EVERYTHING to follow Christ meant. Let’s face it if Peter had left his wife and children (if he had any), why during the life of Christ was Jesus in Peter’s home praying for his wife’s sick mother. Also, if Peter had left everything, why as soon as Jesus was crucified and buried had Peter gone back to his old fishing business? Perhaps he had never given that up and had hired hands working for him. Also, following Jesus on the road was like being part of that days’ Rock Stars. Imagine the crowds. Imagine the applause. Imagine the ego build. So in the middle of all of this, Peter said, “Lord, we’ve left everything to follow you.” I say, “No, not at that point he hadn’t .” But in time, after Jesus ascended into heaven and the baptism in the Spirit was poured out on the disciples, Peter finally left all to follow Jesus. It takes time for a man or woman to truly leave all to follow Jesus.
I want to leave all to follow you; however, I certainly have a wonderful life and lots of stuff and lots of acclaim. But in my heart, I want to leave everything to follow you. Please show me how. Amen