Today’s ReadingMatthew 8:18-34 

One of the things I appreciate about today’s Scripture is its brutal honesty. God wants us to have our eyes wide open as we seek to follow him. Jesus is being brutally honest here. He lets it be known that following him is no picnic. It’s not always easy being a follower of Jesus.

Disciples not only believe in Jesus, they live for him. When Jesus said “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”  He’s saying that he was constantly on the move, that you might be sleeping in a different place each night, and that you’ll probably be camping most of the time. It would involve letting go of your earthly priorities and possessions for his sake. It would involve living according to his schedule, not yours. So here’s the question he was asking then, and that he’s asking you now: are you willing to let Jesus determine your life? Are you willing to become identified as a follower of Jesus no matter what? “Are you REALLY sure you want to do this?”


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