Luke 9:57-58 (NKJV) 57 Now it happened as they journeyed on the road, that someone said to Him, “Lord, I will follow You wherever You go.” 58 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.”
Our Lord Jesus Christ’s answer to the man who said “Lord, I will follow You wherever You go,” revealed Jesus’ own poverty when He was on earth. When Jesus traveled from town to town, He journeyed on foot and had no reservations at an inn. Poverty was part of the curse that our Lord bore. Was the young man true to his word after hearing Jesus’ reply? The young man was self-confident, overly eager, and unmindful of the cost. These are three of the main hindrances to whole-hearted discipleship. The young man did not know all that was involved in following Jesus. Following Jesus often requires the forsaking of the comforts and conveniences of life. You may say this is true if you go on a mission trip to a “Third World” country. In these days, yes, you are correct it is most likely to be expected in poverty-stricken places. However, in a broader sense, to follow Jesus means forsaking one’s self. And you know, just as much as I do, that the hardest person to deny is yourself. It may not always be convenient to follow Jesus. You many have some conflicting plans of your own. To follow Jesus may mean that you have to step outside of your comfort zone. To follow Jesus may not always be easy. As Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me” (Matthew 16:24 NKJV). To follow Jesus is to deny ourselves and endure personal hardships along the way. Did the young man follow Jesus after fully understanding what it means to follow Jesus? Well, I like to think so, just as you have decided to follow Jesus, my friend.
God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.