Daily Bible Devotional.
The Mt. of Olives Christian Camp, like many Christian youth camps, excels in teaching the gospel to children and adolescents. But caution is needed: sometimes a young person becomes enamored with the atmosphere and wants to be baptized, without considering the cost of following Jesus after going home.
Then an expert in the law came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.”
Matthew 8:19 NET
It must be deliberate that, both before and after this narrative of the scribe, Matthew registers three examples of Jesus’ cures. It appears that the scribe becomes enamored with Jesus’ power to bring effective change in people’s lives.
Maybe Matthew wants to say that it’s one thing to receive a cure from Christ, but another to give him one’s life.
One might understand the Lord’s answer to the man as a bucket of cold water. He does not receive him with open arms.
Take Peter as an example. It’s wonderful that Jesus comes to live in his house and cures his mother-in-law, but his house becomes surrounded by multitudes seeking healings (verses 14-16).
Being a follower means putting oneself at the Lord’s disposal, being a servant as Christ served. It’s more that clicking “Like.”
Have you considered the cost, now that you want to follow him, after you’ve decided to be baptized?
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