Now as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who was called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen.
And He said to them, 'Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.'
Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.
(Matthew 4:18-20, NASB)
A ruler questioned Him, saying, 'Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?'
And Jesus said to Him...'You know the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother.'
And he said, 'All these things I have kept from my youth.'
When Jesus heard this, He said to him, 'One thing you lack; sell all that you possess and distribute it to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.'
But when he had heard these things, he became very sad, for he was extremely rich.
(Luke 18:18-23, NASB)
Two similar requests -- Leave it and follow Me.
Two different responses.
In the first case, Peter and Andrew left their nets immediately and followed Jesus.
There's no record of any quibbling from either of these humble fishermen. They just dropped their nets -- keep in mind that these nets were the very tools of their trade, their means of making a living -- and followed Jesus.
The rich ruler, on the other hand, quibbled from the beginning. His question was a loaded one, as he seems to be looking to justify himself.
This rich guy's intent was not to satisfy Jesus, but rather to have Jesus validate his goodness.
You see, he was righteous in his own mind, and rather than honestly seeking guidance, he was fishing for a compliment.
When Jesus told him to sell his possessions and give the proceeds to the poor, he turned away from Jesus and headed back to his stuff.
He wanted confirmation, not counsel.
So what do we see here?
Here's the point: There may come a day when you're called to leave your nets ... or your nest.
The choice is yours. Your response belongs to you, and nobody else. You'll own it.
What will you do?