Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.” Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”
My sister and her husband recently built their dream home in Tennessee. A house that should have been finished in five or six months took two years. There were many excuses. Then, before it was finished the builder quit because it went over budget. He broke their contract. His many excuses turned their dream into a nightmare.
This third would-be follower makes a commitment to follow Jesus. He looks back at his decision and changes his mind. He leaves Jesus but not before making an excuse that he’s going to say farewell to his family.
Before making a commitment to Jesus we must want to be more like Him. Complete honesty may require us to leave jobs and dishonest friends. It requires us to be humble and most of all to love others. Jesus doesn’t expect us to be perfect. Luke shows us Jesus’ apostles were far from perfect. He wants us to love and to follow Him.
Dearest Father, I’ve made a commitment to follow Jesus. Help me do that with honesty, love, and without excuses, so I don’t make so many mistakes. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.