Why My Bible is Wrong
The title in my Bible above Luke 9:57-62 reads, “The Cost of Following Jesus.”
And fair enough, there are things you’ll want to give up in order to walk closer to him.
It’s like saying to my son,
“If you want the latest phone, you’re going to have to give up that old thing that loses its charge and has a cracked screen. That lovely old familiar phone with which you have created so many memories, connected with so many people. You’re going to have to send it away and never see it again. Son, that’s the cost. Are you sure you want the new phone?”
Jesus gave us life, and life to the full. Now I want to walk closer to him. If that means dealing with some stuff, pushing through the crowd, to get to him, fine. I’m in.
Here are three elements to following Jesus I noticed in Luke 9:57-62:
“Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” (Luke 9:58)
This is said in response to a man who promises to follow Jesus anywhere. “If you do follow me,” says Jesus, “you’re going to have to be all-in. Even to the point of surrendering the right to a home.”
For a lot of us that is a challenge.
But really? If we could only get a glimpse of eternity in our (relatively) tiny minds, and the glory that awaits us, would we really fret and fuss about present problems?
I suggest that so far, there is no relative cost in following Jesus.
Dealing with the Dead
This one guy wanted to go home and bury his father before following Jesus. Reasonable request?
“Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:60)
One of the things we need to let go of in order to follow Jesus is stuff that is now in the past, forgiven, water under the bridge.
Some of us fail to fully follow because we are are trying to bury what is already dead. Let it go. Follow.
Is that such a cost?
“No one puts his hand to the plough and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:62)
I’ve never put my had to a plough, but I do know from mowing the lawn that when I look over my shoulder I’m not going to have those lovely straight lines.
In verse 51 of the same chapter, Jesus “resolutely” set out for Jerusalem. He was focused on his goal. He didn’t look back.
Set your face forward, look to the goal and stay in the field.
Then you won’t be looking down at present problems at all. And you certainly won’t be looking back at what is in the past.
The True Cost
The true cost of following Jesus is paid in full. Jesus resolutely went on to Jerusalem and was crucified, buried, resurrected and ascended.
He is seated in heaven and you are seated with him.
He paid for your seat.
The title in my Bible above Luke 9:57-62 reads, “The Cost of Following Jesus.” I call it, “The Focus of a Disciple.”
Where’s your focus?