Now when Jesus saw the crowd, he ordered his disciples to go over to the other side of the lake. A legal expert came and said to him, “Teacher, I’ll follow you wherever you go.”
Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens, and the birds in the sky have nests, but the Human One has no place to lay his head.”
Another man, one of his disciples, said to him, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”
But Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.” (Matthew 8:18-22, CEB)
It’s the expression these days. When you encounter something that seems to defy the obvious, perhaps bordering on madness, you say (with the proper inflection), “Really?”
That’s how I hear Jesus responding to these men. One of them, an apparently would-be follower, says, “I’ll go wherever for you, just give me some time!” And Jesus looks him in the eyes and says, “Really?”
Then another man, already a disciple of Jesus, says to our Lord, “I’ll do whatever it takes for you!” To which Jesus replies, “Really?”
Are we truly prepared to go wherever, and do whatever, Jesus calls us to be about? Would I continue to follow Christ if Christ called me away from all of my earthly securities? Is my relationship to Jesus actually stronger than my strongest family ties?
It all depends on the way you say it, doesn’t it? The way you say it with your life.
Heavenly Father, my lips are quick to claim great lengths to which I am willing to go for your Son. They are equally quick to ask that you be “reasonable” in your requests of me. Father, forgive me. In the name of your Son, my Savior, may my lips move no faster than my life, but may my life run for you. Amen.