What Did Jesus Disciples Give Up?

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is the central figure of Christianity, and his teachings have inspired millions of people around the world.

His disciples are some of the most well-known figures in history, and their stories have been told for centuries. But what did Jesus’ disciples give up to follow him? Let’s take a closer look.

The Call to Discipleship

Jesus called his disciples to leave behind their families, their occupations, and their homes to follow him. In Matthew 4:19-20, Jesus says to Simon Peter and his brother Andrew, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him.

The Cost of Discipleship

Following Jesus came at a great cost. In Luke 9:57-62, Jesus encounters three men who want to follow him but are hesitant because of various personal commitments.

To one man who says he will follow Jesus but wants to first bury his father, Jesus responds with a challenging statement: “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:60)

Jesus also tells a rich young ruler in Matthew 19:21-22 to sell all that he has and give it to the poor if he wants to be perfect. The man goes away sad because he had great wealth.

The Rewards of Discipleship

Although following Jesus came at a great cost, it also came with great rewards. In Mark 10:29-30, Jesus tells his disciples that anyone who has left everything for his sake will receive a hundred times as much in this present age and in the age to come eternal life.


In conclusion, Jesus’ disciples gave up everything they had – their families, occupations, homes – in order to follow him. Following Jesus came at a great cost, but it also came with great rewards. As Christians, we are called to follow in the footsteps of Jesus’ disciples and give up everything for his sake.