And He said to another, “Follow Me.” But he said, “Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father.” Luke 9:59
A lot of people say they want to “Follow Jesus” but are you willing to follow him at any cost? When it doesn’t cost us anything, following is easy. However if it costs us something in return we hesitate to answer our calling
This example seems extreme, how can Jesus expect this man to miss his own Fathers funeral? However it’s the context, it’s the test of heart. There are obviously greater things in this mans life than serving The Lord. It may be an extreme example but truth doesn’t have feelings.
But He said to him, “Allow the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim everywhere the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:60
Jesus responds “Let the dead bury the dead”! This is a profound statement as we know without Christ everyone is dead in their sins. Jesus said Go proclaim or preach everywhere! This was this mans mission, to be set apart from the world.
Another also said, “I will follow You, Lord; but first permit me to say good-bye to those at home.” Luke 9:61
Heres another example, they said they will follow Jesus when time permits. Again this sounds like another extreme example . However again its about priorities and your heart. What priorities are above serving God?
But Jesus said to him, “No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:62
Jesus has some harsh words for this man, anyone who keeps putting other things ahead of their service to God is not fit to serve God. Wow , this is extreme, however our God is extreme also , isn’t he?
Now I’m sure we all failed this test, I know I have. However I think Jesus point here is to really challenge ourselves and examine our relationship with him. Before you agree to serve make sure you are willing to pay the cost!