How resolute are you in following Jesus? How resolute are you in living and fulfilling God’s purpose? Today we read of Jesus’ own call and how much resolve he displayed in fulfilling it. And we see three examples of struggling disciples like you and me…
51 As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem.
57 As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58 Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”
59 He said to another man, “Follow me.” But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” 60 Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”
61 Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.” 62 Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”
Luke 9:51, 57-62
Rank yourself on a scale of 1 to 10 as a resolute follower. Today we see the contrast of Jesus’ 10/10 with three people whose resolve was somewhere down the meter…
As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven… As the time approached for Jesus to be arrested by his own faith leaders, tried and beaten, and then crucified… As that time approached, Jesus did something that many of us probably wouldn’t do. Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem.
In the face of his own demise, Jesus walked straight into the storm. He basically went in and surrendered himself. Why? Because he knew that his destiny was to be hung on the tree. Twice we read in this chapter that Jesus told his disciples about his fate:
22 And he said, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.”
44 “Listen carefully to what I am about to tell you: The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men.”
He knew what was coming and he knew it was required for him. Without death, there would be no resurrection. Without resurrection, we would have no hope (1Corinthians 15). Jesus had incredible resolve to fulfill God’s call on his life.
Which brings me back to me… and you…
These three followers we see in Luke 9 were being called to go. We aren’t sure exactly where, yet maybe they were to form part of the great missionary journey in Luke 10. It seems to make sense – will you follow Jesus if he leads you to have no place to lay your head? Will you follow Jesus above other commitments and responsibilities you have in life? Will you follow Jesus without looking back to your family you left behind? When you go out to a mission field you must go. You must go resolutely.
What is God’s call and mission for you? It may be where you are. It may be somewhere else. It may involve leaving something behind and it may involve walking directly into the storm of your fate. Jesus says that to be fit for kingdom service, we must follow him and not look back. This is a matter of great resolve.
Good thing we have a model of great resolve in the Lord Jesus…