In the Gospel text for this Sunday we learn the cost of being a follower of Jesus.

A Scribe, or the modern day title of the man who was telling Jesus he would follow him wherever Jesus went, was a lawyer. Jesus replied to him "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”

Jesus was asking him “Are you willing to leave your family and sphere of influence where you are?” We do not know if this person did or did not leave all to be one of Christ's disciple. We do know he was moved to the point of making a statement of strong desire to serve Him.

Jesus in one scene is saying to this man staying and sharing his teachings with those at home for him was a valid important calling from God and a good choice for him. The only bad choice would be not to believe who Jesus is, not to follow His teaching and not to serve Him at all.

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The next man Jesus called him to follow Him. This man 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 good-by to my family.”

Jesus replied, No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God." We are taught to honor our fathers and mothers.

However for those who answer the call of the Lord to be His servants must never use family events not to do what the Lord calls us to do. Christ must always come first.

If you are always going to put family before God it would be better for you to stay home and be content to serve Him from there. Don't ask to be sent and then when he calls ask for extra time to take care of things that hold your heart at home. His call for your life must be the priority in your life before family, friends or earthly possessions. In a Christian’s life Jesus must come first at all times. It is then God will bless you with time for all things according to His will.

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