The Cost

As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” And Jesus said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”  Luke 9:57-62

“Follow me” that’s all He asks of us, that we follow him, completely, no turning back, no looking back.  It’s not always easy to do as we see here, one disciples wishes to return to bury his father and another to wish his loved ones well.  But Jesus knows that anything less than committing everything to Him, leaving everything of this world behind to do as He requires – in this case He is bidding them to go and proclaim the kingdom of God, means that we can not accomplish what He has called us to.  It’s about loving Him, serving Him, and following Him and through Him the Father.

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