And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him.
If we aren’t willing to do things differently our life will never change. In another account recorded in the book of John, chapter twenty-one, the disciples had worked all night and not caught any fish. Jesus then shows up on the shore early the next morning and asks the disciples if they have any meat. The disciples answer Jesus honestly and say, no we do not. Jesus then instructs them to do the very same thing they had been doing all night but this time to cast their nets on the right side of the ship. The bible says there were so many fish in their nets that it broke the nets.
Now most human beings would have assumed they had just arrived as big time fishermen and that the Lord had poured out His blessing and prosperity upon them because they had been so spiritual in obeying the Lord and casting their nets out on the right side of the ship. In reality the Lord was teaching them a lesson in being fishers of men and how to catch a net full of souls for the Lord through their obedience. It is not my great spiritual works and all of the oblations and rituals I go through that attracts the Lord’s blessings and prosperity into my life but rather it is the simple acts of obedience in the seemingly mundane tasks that I have been doing all night long.
1 Samuel 15:22 says that to obey is better than sacrifice. There is more value in obedience than there is in any type of sacrifice in the Lord’s eyes. The disciples learned their lesson in obedience on this occasion because immediately upon returning to the shore they got out of their ships, forsook all and followed Jesus. They could see that obedience is better than sacrifice.
There certainly are valuable lessons to be learned in the ship of life that we are in. However there comes a time for all of us when we must get out of the ship we have become so comfortable in, forsake all and follow Jesus, practicing obedience instead of trying to earn our way in with sacrifice. There are many souls waiting on someone to cast their net of obedience on the right side of the ship so that they can get into the ship and be pulled in to a life of obedience also.