1. “I will follow you wherever you go.”
This man's words were good, but Jesus reminded him to count the cost (Luke 14:25-34).
Jesus doesn't ask everyone to leave home and family, but following Jesus means denying our selfish goals in life (Matthew 16:24).
2. “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”
Jesus knew that this man wasn't simply asking to bury his father, he was focusing on "dead" worldly desires. Scripture is clear - we can't pursue worldly goals and still follow Christ (1 John 2:15-17).
3. “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.”
Jesus sensed this man's hesitance to follow and reminded him that half-hearted, lukewarm faith was unacceptable (Revelation 3:14-22).
I confess I sometimes have these attitudes toward my faith, but I commit (with God's help) to overcome them. Will you join me?
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