wanting to follow



Luke 9:57-62

Luk 9:57 As they were walking along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”
Luk 9:58 Jesus said to him, “Foxes have dens and the birds in the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”
Luk 9:59 Jesus said to another, “Follow me.” But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”
Luk 9:60 But Jesus said to him, “Let the dead ones bury their own dead, but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”
Luk 9:61 Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but first let me say goodbye to my family.”
Luk 9:62 Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plough and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

wanting to follow

Jesus had no shortage of people who wanted to follow him. Luke recounts a story of a day when Jesus was walking along the road when three of these would-be followers came to Jesus one by one and offered their conditional allegiance.

The first seems genuinely non-conditional. The man said “I will follow you wherever you go” but Jesus saw the ambition in his eyes. He thought Jesus was going to great places, not a cross.

The second and third want-to-followers each had something they had to take care of first. Jesus told them both that their preconditions would disqualify them.

Perhaps you also want to follow Jesus — someday, once you have your life more sorted out. That day will never come until following Jesus is your first priority.

LORD, release us from all forms of conditional allegiance.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at marmsky@gmail.com -- !
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