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As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will

follow you wherever you go.” 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.” To another He said, “Follow me.” But

He said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” And Jesus said

to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

In Luke 9, we read about Jesus having an encounter with three
different men, all of them showing great interest in following Him.
What is odd about this entire dialogue is that Jesus appears to be
trying to talk them out of following.

What if you were one of those potential disciples that approached
Jesus on this day, and you were told that if you followed Jesus, you would not have a house? What if you were standing in front of Jesus and you heard the words, “Let someone else bury your dad”? What if you were told that you couldn’t even say good-bye to your family?


This text causes us to embrace a humbling truth about following Jesus. We obey Him completely, which means letting go of our
provisions and loving Him in a way that surpasses any earthly relationship we might have. This is what it means to follow Jesus with unhindered obedience, and to not allow the changing winds
of culture to inform us as to what it means to follow Jesus.


Other verses: Luke 5:1-11; Philippians 3:13; Hebrews 10:38


Pray and ask God if there is anything in your life that you need to
remove that might be standing in the way of obedience to Jesus.
Is Jesus the most important thing in your life?

Read Luke 9:57-62.

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