TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4
57 As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58 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.” 59 To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” 60 And Jesus said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 61 Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” 62 Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”
In this passage, Jesus introduces us to three characters as he is actively making his way to Jerusalem. The primary emphasis of this text is that there is nothing more significant, nothing more important than following Jesus and proclaiming the Gospel.
Each of the three characters comes to Jesus and presents valid “excuses” for them not to follow Jesus as he heads to Jerusalem. Jesus responds to each of them with responses that emphasize that following him is going to be challenging and that following Him will require immense sacrifice!
There are a lot of cultural components to the passage that we don’t have time to go into, but Jesus is not being rude or brash. He is being direct that following him and proclaiming his Kingdom is the most paramount, the most essential thing we can do. There is no better life than one of being with Jesus.
I love how Jesus closes this section of scripture. He states in verse 62, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”
The image that I want to leave us with today is that of a plow. Imagine that you have your hand to the plow and that you are tilling through the ground with the hopes of a harvest. Jesus is saying that if we were to look back with hesitation or excuses that the line we are plowing would get all over the place; it would be a mess! So we put our hand to the plow and we don’t look back!
So we labor in God’s field awaiting a mighty harvest!
What excuses do you typically us to resist God?
Thank you for your Word. We pray that by your Spirit, Luke 9:57-62 would change us into the likeness of Christ. Help us today to put our hands to the plow and not look back. We acknowledge today that life with you is the most significant thing we could ever do. Help us to shift our attention and affection to you Jesus. We look forward to the harvest that will be reaped in the days to come. We pray all these things in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.