Luke 9:51-62E (ESV)
A Samaritan Village Rejects Jesus
51 When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. 52 And he sent messengers ahead of him, who went and entered a village of the Samaritans, to make preparations for him. 53 But the people did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. 54 And when his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to tell fire to come down from heaven and consume them?”[a] 55 But he turned and rebuked them.[b] 56 And they went on to another village.
The Cost of Following Jesus
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[c] 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 today’s reading from Luke, Jesus comes across three separate people on his journey to Jerusalem. The first was a stranger who seemed like the go-with-the-flow type—like he’d follow Jesus just to see what he could get out of it. Jesus made sure he knew that he would not be getting anything fancy on this journey.
Jesus then asked a second stranger to join him, but this guy seemed a bit hesitant. It was as if he wasn’t quite sure if he should follow, so he came up with an excuse. But Jesus encouraged him to forget it and follow Him—that the Kingdom of God was all he should focus on.
When Jesus asked the third stranger to follow Him, this person wanted to follow, but had something higher on his priority list to complete first. It was as if he was procrastinating. But Jesus told him not to look back, only forward.
Are you hesitant? Are you waiting for something? Are you following Jesus just to see what’s in it for you?
Jesus calls us to follow him completely. Without hesitation. Without looking back. Without expectation. Will you commit?
Dear Heavenly Father, even when we aren’t feeling confident in our faith, help us to see You and only You, no matter what the cost. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Written by Alicia Huntley Children’s Music Leader