Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Divided Interest (Part 1)

Now it happened as they journeyed on the road, that someone said to Him, “Lord, I will follow You wherever You go.” And Jesus said to him,  “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” [The New King James Version. (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), Lk 9:57–58.]

I have been studying Luke 9:57-62 this week. This has always been a fascinating passage of Scripture. Jesus, His disciples, and three individuals are presented in verses 57-62 of this passage. The first person who enters the picture tells Jesus that he will follow Him where ever He goes. Jesus replies that foxes have holes and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head. At first glance the meaning may not be as obvious to the reader without some thinking into the situation.

Jesus and His disciples are on their way to Jerusalem. We find earlier in the chapter that Jesus gave His disciples instructions on how to find rest and food when entering into a new city. He told them about His coming death and the cost of being a disciple. As we come to the close of this chapter a man approaches and expresses his desire to follow Christ. Jesus' reply expresses that anyone who desires to follow Him must be willing to give up the necessities of life. Essentially, Jesus was asking if the man was willing to give up everything to be a follower.

We have to ask ourselves the same question. I feel too many people expect to live the life they have always wanted while calling themselves a Christian. When the trials come they reply that this was not what they bargained for. Jesus wants us to know that the cost of being a follower may not be the life that we expect. Being a follower of Jesus involves sacrifice and sometimes hardships. However, when we truly see our relationship to Christ as the result of the sacrifice that was made for us then it is not too difficult to face whatever may come before us.

Our love for Christ should not be second to our love for the luxuries of this world.

In Christ,
Doug Johnson

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