Matthew was a tax collector for the Roman government. One day when he was sitting in his toll booth, Jesus walked by and said, “Follow Me”. Without any hesitation, Matthew jumped up and left everything to follow Jesus. Matthew didn't question or think twice about leaving his lucrative business.
It scares me to think about what I would have done if I had sat in Matthew's place. Would I have jumped up and left everything? After all Jesus was a common looking man who lived in poverty and for all intensive purposes was homeless. What would I have done? What would you have done?
What about today? What if Jesus was to ask us to walk away from our nice jobs and beautiful homes? Could we do it? Could we do it without hesitation? What changes do I need to make in my life so that I can easily say, “absolutely”?
I suppose a good start would be to recognize that this world his not my true home. It would also help if I viewed everything I own as not mine. In truth, everything is owned by God. It would also help if I fully developed a spirit of giving, which would make giving up all much less painful.
I suppose giving is like practicing for a foot race. It's a lot easier if you train by running every day a little faster and harder than the day before.
On the other hand, perhaps I don't need to do anything. Perhaps I just sit back and ask God to change my heart and prepare me for a time when he wants me to sacrifice all? Ultimately, I think we need to have the heart that would freely walk away from everything if or when He asks.