When reading the three passages above, one reads of encounters of people with Jesus. Each of these people are very different – Levi, blind Bartimaeus, and the woman at the well. We could list the differences for a long time – race, gender, economic status, and the list goes on.
However, let’s look at what they have in common. I think the most important thing they have in common is that they left something behind because they believed.
Blind Bartimaeus left his cloak. The Samaritan woman left her water pot. Levi left behind the instruments of his livelihood. Each one left something that was significant to the life they had been living. They left these things behind because they were changed by their new faith in Jesus.
This has applications for us today. I do not mean that every single person must leave their job, their family or their home. But what I do want to point out is that there was a clear change in each one’s lives. In the decision to pursue Christ, something had to be left behind. And there should be a clear change in each of our lives as we try to live out our lives in pursuit of Christ.
Is there a difference in you? I wonder, if there is a difference in me. If not, why not? What have we left behind? The woman at the well was so changed, it caused others to be interested in what Jesus had to say. They too, after spending time with Him, were transformed. Let that be our testimony, too.