“As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. And he sent messengers on ahead, who went into a Samaritan village to get things ready for him; but the people there did not welcome him, because he was heading for Jerusalem. When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, ‘Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?’ But Jesus turned and rebuked them. Then he and his disciples went to another village. As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, ‘I will follow you wherever you go.’ Jesus replied, ‘Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.’ He said to another man, ‘Follow me.’ But he replied, ‘Lord, first let me go and bury my father.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.’ Still another said, ‘I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.’ Jesus replied, ‘No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.’” Luke 9:51-62
In these verses today, we see several challenges to following Jesus. They each have their own unique set of circumstances and calling. Too often we let circumstances control our lives when what we really need is to let Jesus control our lives.
The call to come to Jesus is completely personal and cannot be controlled by anyone or anything. It is not to be put off until tomorrow.
We don’t need to check in with family or friends before we come to Him.
We don’t need a bank account.
We don’t need to try to get our lives straightened out first.
We don’t need to let any circumstances keep us from following Jesus.
It is the most important decision we can ever make.
He says it very plainly, “Follow me.”