A man said to [Jesus], “I will follow you wherever you go.”
Leaders know that it’s easier to begin a project than to sustain one over the long haul. The initial enthusiasm launches people with a great deal of excitement, but determination is needed to maintain and finish a project.
On His way to Jerusalem, Jesus met several people who said they wanted to follow Him, and they sounded sincere.
The first man said, “I will follow you wherever you go.” But his enthusiasm waned when Jesus said, “Foxes have holes … but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” Jesus was explaining that following Him meant doing without some of the creature comforts that many of us have come to deem as necessities.
The second man seemed interested but said he first wanted to go and bury his father. Since his father wasn’t already dead, basically his plan was to sit around and wait for his father to die, bury him, and then serve God. Clearly service to God was not a priority for him. So Jesus dismissed him saying that the spiritually dead should bury the physically dead, while the spiritually alive should proclaim God’s kingdom.
The third man said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say good-bye to my family.” That seemed reasonable. But Jesus said, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” In other words discipleship means focusing on things that promote God’s kingdom, without distraction.
Jesus’ point is that following Him calls for total commitment. He’s our example…even though He knew what lay ahead, He set out and stayed faithful to the end. Being fit for service involves more than good intentions.
Dear God, forgive me when I offer you my second-best. Teach me to follow You and serve You with my whole life. Help me to be Your loyal disciple. Amen.