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I. Commitment to Jesus requires a willingness to put aside worldly security.
A. Many people think following Jesus is a good idea until they realize what it is going to cost them.
1. We discover in Mathew 8:19 that this first man that comes to Jesus is a Teacher of the Law.
2. After the man willingly expresses his desire to follow Him, Jesus relates His common fate: He does not even have a place to lay His head.
3. Jesus’ teaching is that his followers surrender their claim to even the most basic of creature comforts—the knowledge that at the end of the day at least there will be a good place to go to sleep.
4. Jesus wants the man to understand the willingness to sacrifice that is necessary in order to be one of His disciples.
B. Jesus simply did not grab on to everyone who said that they wanted to follow.
1. Those that wanted to follow Jesus needed to realize that it would cost them something; they could not expect luxury or even a warm welcome.
2. The main emphasis here is less on the loss of creaturely comfort (a place to sleep) than with the rejection.
3. Discipleship requires resolve because it means rejection. The premise behind the remark is that disciples will have to follow the same path as the Son of Man.
4. Discipleship requires trusting God even in the midst of hardship and rejection.
5. Following Jesus is far more valuable than anything the world has to offer.
II. Commitment to Jesus must take precedent even when it competes with other loyalties.
A. The second encounter has Jesus taking the initiative and inviting the man to follow Him.
1. This man would gladly follow Jesus but first he had some other business to take care of, he needed to go bury his father.
2. For a Jew this was a religious duty having precedence over everything else. Only in the case of a temporary Nazirite vow or if one were the high priest could one be absolved from this duty.
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