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Delayed Following is Not Following

Updated: Mar 26, 2020

Matthew 8:18-22

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

Today we pick up where we left off yesterday by learning the lesson of the second man who asked to follow Jesus.

There is no way of knowing if the man's father was already dead, sick or if he just didn't want to go until his father did die but no matter the situation it showed that he was not putting Jesus first in his life.

This man was obeying the law by wanting to honor his parent, so why didn't Jesus say it was OK? Providing a proper Jewish burial was strictly observed in their society but Jesus was trying to make the point that allegiance to Him had to be stronger than it was for anything, including one's parents. The only thing a good Jewish person would put above their parents was God. So what Jesus was telling the man was that He was to be put on the same level as God. That would have been a shocking statement to hear unless he did see Jesus as God.

The same understanding of Jesus is what should drive us if we are His followers. Until we see Him as God - the One that deserves all our respect, honor and obedience - we aren't going to follow Him as He calls us too.

He calls us to fully surrender ourselves; He will accept nothing less. But you may ask, "What does that look like?" Well, it means not looking at our lives as our own. It means knowing that we aren't here on earth just to do what we want. It means seeing that we are not the boss of our own lives.

The sad thing is that most of us have yet to actually admit this to ourselves. The good news is that it isn't too late to take that important step of full surrender in this journey. Remember that the thing that is hardest to surrender, is usually the thing in your life that could most easily take the supreme spot away from God.

Making it personal

Have you ever lost something (a friendship, job...) because of following Jesus? Are there things you would be afraid of losing? What is your greatest fear about fully surrendering to Jesus? Ask Him to help you overcome this fear.

Making it personal kids

If Jesus asked you to give up everything you have, what would be hardest thing for you to give up? What do you think it means to give Jesus your everything?

Closing prayer

Father, it is hard sometimes to remember that You want to be first in our life. We know that if we want You to put You in first place that we have to take other things down from that place in our lives. We all have things that take that place away from You sometimes. Please show us what we need to watch out for and please convict us about the things that we need to get rid of altogether to keep them from being in first place. Thank You. In Jesus' name, amen.

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