HOST: Ron House
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.”
Wherever Jesus went, He attracted great crowds and much attention. He displayed power and authority in an unprecedented way. For some, therefore, the idea of following Christ must have seemed a glamorous position of prominence and renown. For others, following Christ was viewed as a hindrance to their daily lives and routines, and something that could easily be put off. In this passage, Jesus warns against both of these attitudes and stresses the importance, commitment, and urgency of following Him. A life of following Christ is truly a life full of blessings and joy. It is the best and most abundant life imaginable. While following Christ should never be viewed as a burden, it is a life that requires a great deal of commitment. As followers of Christ, we must be willing to put Him above all else, be faithful to Him in any circumstance, and allow Him to rule our lives daily. It is indeed the best of all lives, for those who are willing to make the commitment!
Why does following Christ require such commitment?
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