Week 9.1 The Cost of Following Jesus pt 2
1. Bible Reading: Matthew 8:21-22
What reason did the prospective disciple give for not following Jesus immediately?
It is possible that this disciple was not asking permission to go to his father’s funeral but rather to put off following Jesus until his elderly father died. Perhaps he was the first-born son and wanted to be sure to claim his inheritance. Perhaps he didn’t want to face his father’s wrath if he left the family business to follow an itinerant preacher. Whether his concern was financial security, family approval, or something else, he did not want to commit himself to Jesus just yet. Jesus however, would not accept his excuse.
- NLT Life Application Study Bible
What reasons do you or people give for not following Jesus immediately?
Jesus, please help me to overcome procrastination in following you. Thank you for being a leader on whom we can fully rely on.
6. Verse of the Week:
He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.