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?
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.
From the archives. Originally published February 23, 2011.