“We have given up everything and followed you.”
Whoever wants to follow Jesus, he must leave the things that he has in the world. Of course, these sayings should not be taken for granted. In Jesus' day, the disciples left behind jobs, families, and possessions. Along with the times, there are many choices to express love for God, such as choosing to serve full time by giving life completely to God either as a religious life or as a single lay person. Other expressions that can be done include using materials to help others in need, or by being actively involved in church life, as well as many other expressions.
But the most important of all in life is leaving the things that can lead us to sin. Choose to live in God's truth which is shown daily through attitude and actions, even though they look like simple things. There is no need to be discouraged when we can only do simple things to glorify God. No matter how great it is, if it is done wholeheartedly and lovingly to God, the value is the same before Him. Whatever we have given up as a form of sacrifice to God, give it with joy. God will see a heart that gives and is pleased with what we offer to Him.
Almighty God, help us to constantly set our eyes on nothing but you. Enable us to reject the things that lead us to sin, but bring us to a realization that to do your command is what you desire from us. You who live and reign forever and ever.
Fr. Leo Hambur, OSM