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.” - Luke 9:57-60This passage has always confused me. The problem, I think, is that I took the request of the man to bury his father as a literal, present reference. Tonight I heard it explained that this is unlikely, but rather, that the man is requesting to continue on in his present life, only willing to commit to Jesus at 'some point' in the future.
How often am I like this man? I love Jesus and want to follow him but I don't always want to follow right now. Knowing the cost of following Jesus, I ask for some extended personal time to take care of the things I want to make sure I do before I fully commit to Him.
The invitation and challenge of Jesus is to come and follow him in the now. Jesus points out that apart from Himself all men are dead. Therefore, we should not give ourselves to our own desires, but instead, start to follow him today.