I like to think I’m obedient.
But I’m most obedient when I trust an outcome. I’m obedient when I understand and can see the big picture.
In our #LentChallenge reading for today, Jesus is teaching about the cost of following him.
Luke 9:59, 61 (emphasis added)
He said to another man, “Follow me.”
But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”
Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.”
What is your “but first” response to God when he calls you to something?
See as leaders, we expect others to follow us. We get irritated when they don’t trust us or willingly follow. We are annoyed by their excuses – their “but first”s – and yet we often rattle off our “but firsts”….
But first I have to save up.
But first the kids need to be in school… or out of school… or on their own.
But first I need to explore all my options.
But first I need to have a plan for my retirement.
But first I need to finish a project.
Our “but firsts” aren’t usually bad things. They are good things. They may even be responsible things.
I don’t think this passage is about shirking responsibility. It’s about faith and obedience. For me, it’s a reminder of how many times I run to excuses when God calls me to a bold move… to something uncomfortable or scary.
Where might God be calling you and what are your “but first” responses?