Luke 9:62, “And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”
Jesus Christ calls people to follow Him amidst various scenarios. When Christ calls someone, he or she may be “on top of the world” or “in the depths of despair,” or “anywhere in between”. Think for a moment of where you were when Christ called you to follow Him? I can recall that I was a young teen, an average student, heavily involved in sports, and religiously attending the Roman Catholic Church at the time. However upon realizing that “my goodness” would not merit eternal life in heaven, my previous understanding of God was shattered. Upon hearing the truth from the Bible for the first time, I was enlightened and convicted of my sins (breaking God’s 10 Commandments), this caused me to repent toward God and put my faith in Jesus Christ. Sometime afterwards I began ministry in my school, on the streets, and in other venues as began to unfold. Jesus had a conversation about commitment with three individuals. With that said let’s focus on the first of the three people Jesus encountered, in light of the above Scripture.
The first person we are introduced to in the context of Luke 9:62 read, “And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man said unto him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest”. (9:57). This man makes a presumptuous claim that he would go wherever Jesus traveled. Many say they will follow Jesus, but Jesus is looking for followers not fans, not those that want to jump on the “band wagon. “And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head”, (9:58).” Jesus travels to places that not all that say they are willing to go, actually follow when He looks to their level of commitment. There are numerous examples of this throughout the Scriptures, the rich young ruler (Mark 10), the various persons described in Luke 14, the famous John 6:66, and of course the examples given here in Luke 9:57–62. Jesus’ chief destination was to the CROSS! How many want to follow before one sees the cross? How many want to continue to follow after one sees the cross?
“The Son of man has no where to lay His head.”
This can give us a few things to note about Jesus:
- Jesus cannot be found in one sole location as perhaps a fox in hole, or a bird in a nest
- Jesus is the King of a moving Kingdom
- Jesus did not have an earthly place that He called home
- Jesus’ home was not of this world
- Jesus went where the Spirit of God directed Him
- Jesus’ rest was not from physical comfort, but spiritual obedience to His Father’s will
Although one may request to follow Jesus, realize he will go places that will be uncomfortable to many. I never anticipated preaching open – air on the streets while being cursed at. I never imagined having a knife pulled out on me for sharing my faith. Christ has taken me to places that were not comfortable, but He is my Lord, and Him I must follow. What about you? To be continued…
Until the nets are filled…Blessings Pastor Phil <><