Week 3: Monday

Read: Luke 9v57– 62 

As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”

Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”

He said to another man, “Follow me.”

But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”

Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”

Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.”

Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”

Meditate: Sooner or later, most of us who know in our heart of hearts we want to follow Jesus find ourselves coming up with excuses as to why his particularly sharp demands don’t really apply to us. Here Jesus is saying, “Look! This is God’s Kingdom we’re talking about, not a comfortable way of being religious that will let you settle down and take life at your own pace!” Are you up for that?

Pray: Talk to God about the excuses you make to him. Ask him to help you follow him wherever he leads, and to give you the strength not to look back.

Engage: Call your city hall or neighborhood association and ask what the most pressing needs in the community are.