Matthew 8:21-22 ” Another disciple said to Him, ‘Lord, first let me go and bury my father.’ But Jesus told him, ‘Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead.’ “

At first glance, you could take Jesus’ comments as insensitive and heartless.  But they were candid and direct. “Follow Me, let those who have no hope, bury him who has died without eternal life.”  This disciple of Jesus wanted it both ways though.  “I’ll follow You Jesus, but first…”  How many times have we bargained with the Lord?  “I’ll follow You Jesus, but before I do… I want to accomplish this first, or obtain this coveted item first, or dabble in this questionable area first.”  In times past, they used to call this sowing your wild oats…or putting your own selfish desires ahead of anyone else, including the Lord.   But when Jesus said, “Follow Me.” to the disciple there was no negotiating.

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