As they were walking along the road, a man said to Him: ‘I will follow You wherever You go. – Luke 9:57
This man from Luke 9 says to Jesus: ‘I will follow You wherever You go.’ It is very nice when people say this and I believe they mean it, just like this man did. But when you continue to read the Bible passage, you will discover that this was a hasty statement. He did not realize that later Jesus would be nailed to a cross as a criminal and blasphemer. I think if he knew this, he would not have said that he would follow Jesus wherever He goes!
This man did not realize what it would cost him to really follow Jesus everywhere. After all, it is one thing to say something, but another thing to do it.
We have to pay the price
Today there are also many followers of Jesus who do the same. They sing: ‘Where you lead me, I want to follow You.’ However, it is a challenge because as a follower of Jesus you have to pay the price. We prefer the message: ‘God loves us and only wants to bless us.’
But there is also another side to the story. Consider the answer Jesus gave to this man: ‘Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head’ (Luke 9:58).
It is not an answer that you and I would expect. We would think that Jesus would respond with: ‘Oh, how nice! Another person who wants to follow Me.’ He said though: ‘It will cost you a lot. Do you still want to follow Me?’
Sometimes it is not easy to choose for Jesus, but a true follower of Jesus who has calculated the costs will also pay the price.
Mark 10:29-30 says: ‘No one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for Me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life.