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Day 10: The cost of following Jesus

Updated: Oct 10, 2022

Don't we all want to think that walking with Jesus will make our lives easier? That we won't have any hard times, we won't know, struggle in our lives, but walking with God isn't always easy, is it? In fact, that's what Jesus is saying in today's message, Luke 9:57-62 when three men crossed Jesus' path. Jesus knew the burdens these three men carried because Jesus knows our hearts. Jesus also knows our burdens; he knows our weaknesses and what stands in our way to truly follow him. That's why he spoke to these men in this way.

The first man comes to him on the road and says, "I will follow you wherever you go." And Jesus replies, "Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head." Doesn't sound like an easy time, does it? We need to remember Jesus was entering into the last stage of his ministry. It was going to get extremely rough. Jesus didn't always have a roof over his head or food to eat. He didn't have a comfortable place to lay his head. Jesus wanted this man to know that there will be very hard times ahead, he wanted him to seriously think about what he was contemplating. So he was saying; are you sure you're ready for this?

Jesus said to the second 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." We think Jesus is being rather harsh here, but when we look back at this period of life, we find that they buried the dead the same day they died. So, if this man's father had died, he would not have been with Jesus that day. It could have been the man's way of saying; I would rather wait until I inherit my father's money to follow you. In other words, he just simply wanted the money to follow in

comfort, or maybe his father wouldn't have liked him to follow Jesus. How often do we put up barriers in our walk with God to be more comfortable or not offend anyone?

The third man that crosses Jesus' path said, "I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family. Jesus replied, "No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God." It sounded like a simple request, really, but Jesus saw his heart. He knew this was a stumbling block for him, and if he had gone back, he probably would never have followed Jesus. We can't walk a straight line if we are too busy looking behind us or at the past.

How many of us have done the same as these three? By putting our own comfort in front of what God has asked us to do? We make our own choices to suit ourselves instead of what God wanted us to do. I know I have been guilty myself on all accounts. We are tested daily in our walk with God. Why are we tested? We are being molded. We go back to "He is the potter, and we are the clay." Without being tested and surrendering ourselves to God, we will never reach who God wants us to be. He sees so much more in us than we see in ourselves. Let's try to live up to His version of who we are, and not our own.

Let's Pray:

Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you, Lord, for your Word and for the lessons you teach us in our everyday lives. We all carry burdens, Lord, but you teach us that it's how we handle those burdens that help us in our walk with you. We thank you, Lord, that we remember to do things in your will and not in our own. That you see so much more in us Lord that we can't even imagine. So, when we think we aren't strong enough, smart enough or that we aren't enough at all, you remind us that you created us as enough for this life. In Jesus Holy name we pray. Amen.

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