It is never easy following Jesus, especially when he calls us to leave our comforts zone and go wherever he leads. A scribe who heard Jesus teaching answered the Lord’s call saying he would follow him anywhere. It’s a bold comment for sure, so Jesus describes the cost in order to measure his commitment. Jesus’s mission meant that he and his disciples lived at the generosity of others. Commitment would be crucial if the scribe were to follow.
Another disciple who lacked commitment said he would follow Jesus, but only after he took care of personal affairs. His comments were met with words of rebuke from Jesus; “Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead.” How difficult it is to respond to Jesus’ call!
As Jesus sets out to the other side of the sea, there is room in the boat for all of his disciples. Those that would follow need only get in. The Lord calls, but he doesn’t promise that it will be easy. He does, however, promise his presence and power. The life of discipleship is seldom convenient; hard choices must be made. Jesus says, “Follow me.” Certainly the cost is high, but the reward is the kingdom of God.
Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, give me the will to follow you. Amen.