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FOLLOW ME

a prayer to open

Here I am, Lord. Quiet my mind. Open my heart.

Give me ears to hear your invitation and the faith to respond.

Read Luke 9:57-62

As they were walking along, someone said to Jesus, “I will follow you wherever you go.”

But Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place even to lay his head.”

He said to another person, “Come, follow me.”

The man agreed, but he said, “Lord, first let me return home and bury my father.”

But Jesus told him, “Let the spiritually dead bury their own dead! Your duty is to go and preach about the Kingdom of God.”

Another said, “Yes, Lord, I will follow you, but first let me say good-bye to my family.”

But Jesus told him, “Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God.”

Reflect

Our world offers many leaders, causes, and trends to follow. But Jesus says, “Follow me.”a This seems an easier invitation for those who lived when he walked the earth—they could, quite literally, follow Jesus and watch how he loved, healed, forgave, and shared about the Kingdom of God. Yet even with Jesus physically present and calling to them, many still could not say yes. Responding to Jesus’ invitation to follow will always mean saying no to other responsibilities and desires. We will want to say, “I will follow you, but first let me . . .” Jesus asks us to say, “Yes, Lord, I will follow you,” and trust that our competing obligations and wants will find their proper place.

  • What emotions and reactions stir in you as you read Jesus’ response to each person in today’s passage?
  • Consider the primary places in which your day-to-day life happens—your home, workplace, church, or neighborhood. What does it mean to follow Jesus in each of those places? What kinds of relationships, obligations, and desires tend to distract you from Jesus’ call to follow him?
  • Read today’s passage again slowly. What invitation do you sense Jesus extending to you through this passage?
Respond

Loving God, thank you for Jesus’ invitation to follow. As best I know how, I say yes. My heart wants to follow, but give me the faith, the courage, and the strength to trust that as I do, you will help me love the people you’ve placed in my life well, do the work you’ve given me with faithfulness, and serve with compassion those you’ve called me to serve. When distractions come and obligations threaten to pull me away from you, call me back and remind me to follow. Amen.

a Emphasis added.

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Sacred Questions
By Kellye Fabian
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