When I read Luke 9,57-62 a few days ago… I confess, I thought Jesus seemed a bit harsh.
57 As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”
58 Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”
59 He said to another man, “Follow me.”
But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”
60 Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”
61 Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.”
62 Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”
The passage is about the cost of discipleship. Three people say they want to follow Jesus; but each one adds another half-sentence to this statement.
And for each one, Jesus has a – at first sight somewhat confusing – response.
Let’s have a look at the second and the third person: They both say they want to follow Jesus, but “I’ll be on my way soon, just first let me do this & that”.
With this, Jesus isn’t satisfied. He wants you to follow right here, right now.
“Well, what about the first one who came to him? He said he was willing to follow Jesus wherever he may go. Isn’t that good enough?”
Let me put it this way: Just because you go to school doesn’t necessarily mean you are willing to study. Yes, this person said he’d go to “school”, but will he really do what he’s supposed to do there? In this case: Is he prepared to stand up for Jesus, to suffer for him? Or will he deny Him as soon as it gets difficult?
What about you? Are you still putting of that first step because you’re “too young”? Or do you want to “have fun” first and think about all that religious stuff sometime later? Remember: You don’t know when your life is going to end. So please, don’t wait!
Or are you ready to “do what Christians do” – read your bible, go to church, etc – but you don’t want to put your whole life into Jesus’ hands? Yes, it’s hard, but it is so worth it.
[For more information on this bible text, you can read a more in-depth article here]