Exodus 6; Luke 9; Job 23; I Corinthians 10

 It’s February.  So as I type this, I lay in bed under a bunch of blankets.   The heat is turned up and there is a cup of coffee at my side.  I’m warm and cozy.  It’s 19 degrees outside.  I DREAD those first 5 minutes driving to work before the car warms up.

As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”   Jesus replied, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”   Luke 9:57-58

 I love spending time with my family. During the most ordinary of times, while watching television or having dinner, there is no place I would rather be than with my family.  So, naturally I give priority to my family on significant occasions such as weddings and funerals.

He said to another man, “Follow me.” But the man replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”   Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”    Luke 9:59-60

I’m a planner.  I can see myself doing something momentous for the Lord, but it would have to be well planned. For example, if I was headed off to a mission field, I would need the time to make sure all my affairs were in order at home, before I left.

 Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say good-by to my family.”  Jesus replied, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” – Luke 9:61-62

This is a tough passage!  I’ve studied it myself and researched what many commentators have said hoping to find the loophole.  The bottom line is that Jesus is telling me that my comfort, societal norms, and my preferences are of little value compared to following him.  The work he has set out for me is urgent and requires great personal sacrifice.

Am I listening?

Lord,

I confess that I struggle with the cost of following you.  Provide me a glimpse of the treasure that lies ahead of me that I may more willingly leave all behind to follow you.  Amen.

Greg (gmd40187)

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3 responses to “Exodus 6; Luke 9; Job 23; I Corinthians 10

  1. Thanks for the reminder that there is no loophole. Just plain old obedience that often comes with a price.
    ~Erin

  2. After a quick trip to drop off my son at school on this balmy morning of 62 degrees (sorry Greg but you can get me back in Aug when we are sweltering) the host of the Christian radio station I listen to was talking about a Christian rock band and how they helped kids with tats an other various social issues who think worshiping God isn’t cool. This disturbed me because they don’t get it yet…the fact that when God calls them, they won’t care if they look cool or how they look to others. Worshiping and following our sovereign God is better than cool! Then I come home and read your post…for me it just all came together. That surrender when He calls us to follow; we say we will…but is it a complete surrender? In my mind…it’s like getting into the pool but not letting go of the side. And…doesn’t that last reference Luke 9:61-62 correlate with the story of Lot’s wife in Genesis?
    so we should surrender, let go and don’t ever look back…right? hmmm…that was easy enough to type, now I just have to walk it out.

  3. Greg

    Erin & Cindi,
    Thanks so much for your comments. I agree that Jesus’ words here are easy to understand. It’s the doing that is difficult.

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