“Now it happened as they journeyed on the road, that someone said to Him, “Lord, 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.” Then He said to another, “Follow Me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and preach the kingdom of God.” And another also said, “Lord, I will follow You, but let me first go and bid them farewell who are at my house.” But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.””
Luke 9:57-62 NKJV
It is easy to get caught in the emotions of the moment, to run headlong into a situation with great enthusiasm, making grand plans for the future. All too often, one finds that life can be hard when the emotions fade, and reality sinks in. Any endeavor that we do in this world has a cost, whether it be financial, physical or consequential. In considering whether to follow Jesus, the cost must be counted.
“For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it — lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish’?”
Luke 14:28-30 NKJV
When the young man ran up to Jesus, he was looking at the miracles, and the surface details of all Jesus had done. He was blinded by the fog of glory, of novelty, of anticipation of outcomes he perceived in following Jesus. The Savior gave the man a dose of reality. “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”
In itself the statement has so much truth, as we all need a home and Jesus had none. It was also a commentary on the status of the God/Man in that world, where the foxes like Herod, a Samaritan, and the birds of the air, like the Roman legions and their eagle topped banners rule. When one goes against the powers that be, one will find oneself under threat.
“On that very day some Pharisees came, saying to Him, “Get out and depart from here, for Herod wants to kill You.” And He said to them, “Go, tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.’ Nevertheless I must journey today, tomorrow, and the day following; for it cannot be that a prophet should perish outside of Jerusalem.”
Luke 13:31-33 NKJV
Very often people hear the Gospel message, receive it, and then struggle to grow. Often they are overwhelmed by the things of the this world, as they seek to adjust to life as a Christian. There are segments of the faith that teach people that there will be no pain, no sickness, and no problems for the believer. In reality, there can be more opposition, as this world belongs to the evil one.
Those who have called upon Jesus, and walk according to His word, will know that there is a cost. Those who have previously been the pew sitters, those who have a Sunday only faith, will be shocked as life for them becomes more difficult. For many, the cost will be too much, and they will seek to escape the persecution by walking away. I tell you the truth, it will find you.
Brothers and sisters, know that you are called to a divine purpose, to share the Good News. Do not worry about what may come in this world, but focus on what is coming in the next. I am sure the disciples had thoughts from time to time of walking away, but they stayed near, and finsihed the race, with all but one of them paying with their lives.
Go forth my people, and glorify the Lord regardless of the cost. Glory awaits!
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.”
Romans 8:18-19 NKJV
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