Matthew 8:14-34; Leviticus 1-2; Proverbs 19
“I am ready to follow Jesus except first I need to…” How many times has this phrase been used? How many times by me? In the early days of ministry as people were enthralled by the teachings of Jesus people sought the opportunity to follow. Jesus never made following Him seem like an easy task. Follow Him and you’ll be effectively homeless. Then in what seems to be a most cruel statement, Jesus said to forget the father’s funeral: “Then another of His disciples said to Him, ‘Lord, let me first go and bury my father.’ But Jesus said to him, ‘Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead.’” (Matthew 8:20-21) Of course, when we look into the customs of the day the father may not even have been sick. The would be disciple was seeking an opportunity to follow Jesus at his own convenience. Instead of asking to wait until after the funeral of his not so sick father, he could have been asking Jesus to wait around until he got good and ready. Jesus struck the heart of the matter – don’t delay. The time is now to follow me. Our relationship with God still needs to be on His terms. The call of Jesus begins now – not when I’m ready. If you want excuses to delay following Him, you can always find them. Jesus calls us to put those excuses behind and follow Him with all of our heart – now!
Oh God, help me to put aside all the excuses of life. Let me commit to following You each and every day without excuses. Let my life reflect Your love and grace.