Matthew 8:18–22 (ESV)
The Cost of Following Jesus
18 Now when Jesus saw a crowd around him, he gave orders to go over to the other side. 19 And a scribe came up and said to him, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.”
20 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.” 21 Another of the disciples said to him, “Lord,
let me first go and bury my father.” 22 And Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead.”
What is the cost of following Jesus? He wants to be your number 1 priority. That sounds easy, but it’s not. I remember when I was a teenager and a new movie we were waiting for finally hit the theater. We all made
plans to go that Friday. One of my friends wanted to go get a pair of shoes that were on sale before going to the movie. We checked the times for the movie and realized we had to go now. My friend wanted to go, but he missed the movie because
he went to get his shoes. Turns out they were sold out of his size. Even bigger loss was that he missed seeing the movie with his friends. The movie? ... Jaws! The Lutheran Study Bible states: “Neither one of these would-be disciples
of Jesus has counted the cost. One is too quick in promising to follow, while the other is too slow to follow. We are not told if either one followed Jesus. The examples invite us to ask, What kind of disciple am I? When we evaluate our lives as Jesus’
disciples, we must confess that we often fail in our words and actions. Though we fall short, our Savior did not. He went all the way to the cross for us and grants us sincere repentance, faith, and life.”
I pray: Lord Jesus, make me a better disciple and a more faithful witness. Amen.
Engelbrecht, E. A. (2009). The Lutheran Study Bible (p.
1595). St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House.