Jesus did not invite his disciples to come and follow him only once. With every new phase of the journey they had another opportunity to count the cost and decide whether they still would like to follow him.
Now that they are beginning to do what Jesus did, the journey would become much more intense, the price to pay become more, the implications more vital.
In thinking back to my own journey following Jesus, I had exactly that experience.
Background: If you would see someone walking past with the crossbeam of a cross on his shoulders, he would be on his way to be executed. A rabbi’s joke was the essence of his teaching – what he expected from his disciples not only to know, but to live. The question from the Pharisees in Matthew 22:34-40 about the greatest commandment was actually a question about Jesus’ yoke.
Read Matthew 10:34-11:1 and 11:25-30
- What is the content of this new invitation?
- In which way is the commitment more intense??
- What is the Lord asking you now in terms of a deeper commitment?
To follow Jesus is as easy as following a good guide step by step up a mountain. Without realising you are progressing to the goal step by step and when you reach a resting place on the way you may be surprised at the view. You may be much higher than you thought you would be.
Enjoy the view. That is what makes the steep journey worthwhile!.
Or what do you think?
A disciple is not above his teacher. It is enough for the student to be like his teacher. Math 10:24