I WILL FOLLOW THEE

Having watched Jesus perform numerous miracles, a scribe approaches Him and volunteers to follow Jesus.  There are many who fall into the category that this man volunteered for.

Impressed with what Jesus had performed it is quite possible that he being a “scribe” might have lots to write about.  What is to be considered with this action is that Jesus did not just take volunteers; He selected each of the twelve.

Another observation is that although a crowd was present, Jesus “gave orders to depart to the other side of the sea.” (Matthew 8:18)  He obviously was not impressed with having a crowd.  Each miracle was performed on selective people in selected places.  When we reach the record of His life here upon this earth, you cannot help but be impressed with its uniqueness as over against the false prophets that roam our globe.

Years ago, I read something of Dr. DeHaan which said: “He was born in a stable, depended on the charity of friends, rode a borrowed colt, died on a sinner’s cross, laid in another’s tomb.”  You have to admit that when Jesus said to that scribe: “The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head,” He was weeding out, not just this man, but all who were present.  I am glad that the disciple who was following Him and said: “Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father” was not identified for we would be quick to tag him with something not needed for these last 2,000 years.

Invariably, when we read something like this, we have to ask ourselves: Do I fit into the category of those men?  Did I promise the Lord something that I have failed to perform?  Do I just talk big, but when the road gets rough, or steep, just plain burdensome in some way, do I fail to live up to my intentions?

We all need to do periodic inspections as to what we said to Him, not only recently, but long ago.  “Lord I will be or do, count me in!”  Something or someone interrupted that promise –seek forgiveness and move on.

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