Luke 9:59 “He said to another man, ‘Follow Me.’ But the man replied, ‘Lord first let me go and bury my father.’ “

The New King James version of this verse says, “Lord, I will follow You, but first let me go and bury my father.” At times we too are very good at saying to the Lord, “Yes, but first…” as if our demands or desires really matter or will make a difference. In the culture of the time we know that it was the son’s responsibility to make the final arrangements for his father’s burial…which makes Jesus’ reply to him all the more shocking, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the Kingdom of God.” Jesus was saying to him, “Follow Me, not the world.” For anytime we answer the call of God with a “Yes, but…” we’ve taken our eyes off the eternal and onto the world. Our abiding fellowship with the Lord should then be about self-denial and self-restraint and a renouncing of the temporal.

Author: kezha1

A Christian mother, grandmother, and retired nurse living in Illinois. Called into a ministry of encouraging others to find their ultimate plan and purpose in life through Christ.

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