I am currently studying out and applying to my life, what it means to be a disciple of Jesus, the Christ. Jesus provided clear instruction on what being a disciple looks like, when counting the cost in Luke 9:57-62..
As they were going along the road, someone said to Him, “I will follow You wherever You go.” And Jesus said to him, “The Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” And He said to another, “Follow Me.” But he said, “Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father.” But He said to him, “Allow the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim everywhere the kingdom of God.” Another also said, “I will follow You, Lord; but first permit me to say good-bye to those at home.” But Jesus said to him, “No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the Kingdom of God.”
At first glance this is a difficult section of scripture. But we need to look at it with an eye towards the time and culture of the Middle East 2,100 years ago. Such as in verses 59 & 60- it wasn’t an issue of burying the dead, but rather of returning to collect an inheritance. Jesus is saying that He is our inheritance we don’t need more than that.
And verses 61 & 62- this wasn’t about saying “good-bye” to family… family is family and of course it’s ok to say farewell for a journey. What this man was requesting was to go back and get his families blessing (approval) before following Christ. Jesus is saying the only blessing we need is His- if we don’t get it from family that’s ok.
That said, being a disciple of Christ is not a momentary commitment, but rather the entirety of our lives and will require sacrifice.
Now we need to turn our eyes away from the Middle East 2,100 years ago, to a future eternity… Paul the Apostle, knew that his various beatings, imprisonments, and ultimately martyrdom were nothing in comparison to spending eternity with Jesus… and he said as much in Philippians 3:8…
More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ…
Count the Cost. Jesus is worth far more than anything this world offers. Anything.