“And it came to pass, as they walked in the way, that a certain man said to Jesus: I will follow Thee withersoever Thou goest. Jesus said to him: The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay His head. But He said to another: Follow Me. And he said: Lord, suffer me first to go, and to bury my father. And Jesus said to him: Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou, and preach the kingdom of God. And another said: I will follow Thee, Lord; but let me first take my leave of them that are at my house. Jesus said to him: No man putting his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”
My dearest beloved brethren, for one to be enthusiastic and have good desires to follow Jesus, is important, but not enough. Decision and implementation must follow. Are we those who start well, but if the going gets tough we retreat? Is our following of Jesus conditional on things going smoothly for us? Jesus says that such approach will not be enough and will not catapult us into the kingdom of Heaven.
When we decide to follow Christ, we must keep for ourselves some inner strengths to keep and sustain our decisions.
I ask Jesus to give us His daily strength and the Grace NOT to look back as we follow Him and the Grace and strength to sustain our efforts and followership of Him, in the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.
Despite the challenges of this world and all the worldly distractions, you have chosen to stay with Jesus and your commitment is what it takes for God to shoot you into the Kingdom of heaven, dear faithful followers of Christ.
Jesus said to one of the people who wanted to follow Him wherever He went: “The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay His head.” (Lk 9:58). The place for one to lay his head, a house, bed and pillows, shelter of any kind and so on, are all things that give one comfort and relaxation and places for one to rest and sleep soundly. Jesus didn’t have any of those, He let the man know.
That invariably means that to follow Jesus demands sacrifices and some discomfort, which means that whoever wants to follow Christ must not be looking much at worldly things that make people comfortable. Not even our family members and loved ones should come between us and Jesus. Therefore, following Jesus should be total and all-or-nothing.
I pray Lord to grant us the Grace to completely submit ourselves and our lives to following Christ, serving God, doing God’s works, succumbing to God’s WILL, and obeying God’s commandments, today and everyday of our lives, in the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth I pray. Amen.
Be courageous and fearless in the Lord; for God is with you. You’re blessed; remain blessed!!!