The Cost of Following Jesus

It is almost everyone’s desire to have a comfortable life. Besides having enough to eat and a place to stay in, we would also wish for financial security and also luxuries like a nice big car and maybe even servants to do our work for us. These desires may only exist in dreams and even if these desires are achievable, they are like a bottomless pit and we can never be satisfied and contented.

There is something that Jesus said in Matthew 8:18-22 that needs to be reflected upon and thought about. When He said that He has nowhere to lay His head, Jesus is almost like saying that He has no place in this world and that nothing belongs to Him. If Jesus can say that, then what about us? And if we want to be His disciples, are we also prepared to live like Him and have nowhere to lay our head?

18 When Jesus saw the crowd around him, he gave orders to cross to the other side of the lake. 19 Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.”

20 Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”

21 Another disciple said to him, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”

22 But Jesus told him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.” Matthew 8:18-22 New International Version (NIV)

We must remember that we live in a passing world and we are only stewards of what we have. Nothing really belongs to us forever, and we also cannot bring anything from here to the hereafter. If we have nowhere to lay our heads on earth, then the other aspect is that there must be somewhere we can have hope in where our hearts will be at rest and find contentment.

May our hope be in our faith in God who will grant us peace and protect us from anxiety so that our lives will be lived in joyful hope.

Peace and Joy

Written by Rev. Fr. Courage Dogbey

Prayer

Compassionate Father, Lord and maker of all. May our hope and faith in You give us peace and protection from anxiety so that our lives will be leaved in joyful hope as we follow You. Amen

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