Following Jesus…

…comes with a cost.

When Jesus saw the crowd around him, he gave orders to cross to the other side of the lake. Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.”

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

Another disciple said to him, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”

But Jesus told him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”

Matthew 8:18-22

In the last post, I mentioned what we discovered about Peter, and what it apparently cost him to drop his fishing nets and follow Jesus; in these verses, we see the cost again in two brief examples. The first of these is the teacher of the law who declared his intention to follow Jesus where ever He might go. Jesus’ reaction to this declaration is interesting, don’t you think?

He might have said, “Great friend, we’re delighted to have you along on the journey,” but His reaction was quite different. No, the Son of Man had no home, for He had given all of that up to do His Father’s will; fair warning for the teacher of the law. Right at the moment, I cannot recall that any of the Twelve were this teacher of the law, can you?

The second example is a tough one, for here we have a “disciple” requesting leave to “bury my father” before heading off across the lake. There is nothing in the text  to indicate a bad motive, neither is there anything that would tell us that this disciple (whoever he was) is seeking anything more than to accomplish the sacred duty of a son that the Law required of him. In other words, this was a very reasonable request for him to make. Yet Jesus didn’t say what we might expect, something like, “OK, give my best to your family and meet us at such and such a place day after tomorrow.” Instead, Jesus says, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”

This may seem a little harsh, and in a sense, maybe it is, but Jesus is going about the business of His Father, and so are His disciples; there is no “leave of absence” from the calling of God.

His remark about “the dead” burying the dead refers to the recognition that there are many people who are spiritually dead, who are not following God’s call to do His will on earth; they have time on their hands. Notice the strong implication that if we are spiritually alive, we have a calling to serve God. It would seem that there is no such thing as a follower of Christ who does not have a calling, even though some might think otherwise.

So, what is the cost of following Jesus? It is leaving the things of this world behind and really following Him.

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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22 Responses to Following Jesus…

  1. Well said. Following Jesus comes with a cost, but it is well deserve cost to pay why because God have paid much more cost for us as well.
    Thanks for the inspiration! I am very proud to belong to Jesus and ready to pay the cost for it though it is not easy but its worthy the cost.
    God bless you.

  2. Good post. So hard to do when the comforts of life … also call?

  3. AWETHENTIQ says:

    Josua 24:19-29
    Joshua warned the people, “You will not keep worshiping the LORD, for he is a holy God. He is a jealous God who will not forgive your rebellion or your sins. If you abandon the LORD and worship foreign gods, he will turn against you; he will bring disaster on you and destroy you, though he once treated you well.” The people said to Joshua, “No! We really will worship the LORD!” Joshua said to the people, “Do you agree to be witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen to worship the LORD?” They replied, “We are witnesses!” Joshua said, “Now put aside the foreign gods that are among you and submit to the LORD God of Israel.” The people said to Joshua, “We will worship the LORD our God and obey him.” That day Joshua drew up an agreement for the people, and he established rules and regulations for them in Shechem. Joshua wrote these words in the Law Scroll of God. He then took a large stone and set it up there under the oak tree near the LORD’s shrine. Joshua said to all the people, “Look, this stone will be a witness against you, for it has heard everything the LORD said to us. It will be a witness against you if you deny your God.” When Joshua dismissed the people, they went to their allotted portions of land. After all this Joshua son of Nun, the LORD’s servant, died at the age of one hundred ten.

  4. Maddison says:

    YES YES AMEN! ❤ "It is leaving the things of this world behind and really following Him." I love this line! The world has turn Christianity into something casual yet we need to be serious in our walk with Him! great blog! If you are interested in checking out a millennials blog- here is mine!

  5. pensivedreamerblog says:

    While true, I feel that there is an obsession with the “cost” amongst most preachers. What about the joy and blessing of following Him?

    Read the gospels, and ask yourself: How often does Jesus actually talk about the cost? And how often do you see Jesus telling others that “He is the bread of life” or that “My yoke is easy, and my burden light”?

    I personally feel that it is precisely because preachers preach so disproportionately about the cost, that people no longer have the faith they need to become all that God has called them to be – and in the process, they find that God’s promise of a light burden and easy yoke to be made nullified in their life.

    • Don Merritt says:

      I think you are right in that whatever the ‘cost’ may be pales when compared to all that we are in Christ- this is the difference between taking a heavenly view as opposed to a more earthly view of things. Sadly, in my experience only a small percentage of Christians seem to get past the earthly view, and it would seem that some of those Jesus was dealing with had the same difficulty. For those who are struggling, simply denying their the validity of their struggle isn’t all that helpful… or so it seems to me.

  6. Does it really cost anything to follow Jesus? If I lost everything while looking for something, and after getting what I was looking for I then got everything I had lot and more, did it really cost me anything? Matt 6:33. I think Jesus Christ has paid the price, it’s just for us to take what has been given. Jesus Christ was trying to tell them of the two different worlds; the one in Christ and the natural world.

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  9. Citizen Y says:

    Bury Your Father is not a commandment, and YHSH did not tell the enthusiastic follower not to fallow HIM. YHSH said beware lest any man deceive You. Did You Obey?
    Does the Bible and the illuminuty have you worshiping Uranus? If so it’s stinky business, Repent!
    “The Kingdom of God” in Greek is = “the kingdom of Uranus”

    This is Blasphemy and the chief of deceptions. First let’s get THE NAME right. YASHUAH Is correctly YHSH. There are no vowels in Ancient Hebrew.

    Malici 4:6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse
    Please help me save my Children from the bloody hands of cezar at:

    What Fathers?
    What Children?

    Fathers are the Tribe of Judah=the purest Israelite Tribes of WHOM IS YHSH.

    The Children are The Children of YHSH, THE LION OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH.

    YHSH pronounced YAHSHA, IS the Ancient Root Hebrew Masculine form of
    YAHSHUA is the feminine form of YHSH; HE may prefer the masculine usage.

    YHVH=Behold the Nail Behold The Hand
    YHSH=Behold the Hand Behold Destruction

    How to destroy a hand with a nail?= By nailing it to a cross.

    Some Brothers and Sisters us the W in the Sacred Name of our Creator.

    VAV is the ancient letter V.

    They use examples to say that the phonic sound of vav in past times was waw.
    Some say it has to do with Jewish Germans. YHVH was here before the Germans.

    Most studious believers agree the letter VAV is original, just not the sound. Therefore, if I Spell YHVH instead of YHWH, those who use YHWH will admit I have not misspelled His Name, just mispronounced it.

    But if VAV makes the V sound, than spelling His Name; Y-H-W-H would be changing the spelling in His Name. I don’t have that enough faith in German tradition and late century pharisses, to let them change The Name that they have caused the earth to forget.

    VAV has two v’s in spelling the letter, not like most Hebrew letters.

    Mem is another one.
    What is the chance that the Hebrews would have lost the phonetic sound of a letter in YHVHs’ Name, when it is repetitive? (a sign to Hebrews of Importance)
    and why does the sound mem maintained in ALHYM and all the rest?

    Prohibition on His Name did not include the sound of the letters. If someone tells you, “if you use YHVHs’ Name cezar will kill you.” An unbeliever could probably stop using It. A letter is more complicated, but it happens.

    I have more reason That Nehemiah Gordon esplains way better than I. (He doesn’t know I exist, I think)

    If all the letters in YHVH, YHSHs’ and ALHYMs’ Names maintained their phonic sound, with the exception “they say” of the vav sounding waw. This would indicate that the evil one, by cezars’ great deception, was successful in changing the sound of an ancient letter that is repetitive in the spelling in YHVHs’ name. This would bring into question every letter in the alphabet.

    But if V makes the V sound in VaV.

    Then YHVH has preserved the sounds of ALL the ancient letters in His Name, His Sons’ Name and Their Titles ALHYM, to this present generation.
    If this is A FACT, any other spelling or pronunciation is wrong.

    Some say, “What’s the difference He knows who I’m talking about?” When We call YHV- lord=ball YHSH- jesus= not YHSH AHYM-god=gad=god of luck and fortune/Leahs’ sons name.(not a false gad)

    A little Child Shall Lead Them.

    If you had a child that was perfect, and you Loved him enough to die for him; The only thing was he called you menstrual cloth instead of Dad. In private, in front of your friends, in front of His Friends, in front of disgusting people? He always called you menstruating cloth.

    Would that bother You?

    What if all-of-a-sudden, He stopped calling you menstrual cloth, and started calling you Daddy?

    We are not perfect Children and YHVH is more offended than You, because He is Perfect, and the names of these false alhyms’ are more disgusting to Him than a menstrual cloth.

    Thankfully HE IS long suffering and HE Loves Us.

    I’ve heard people talk about ancient Israel, saying, if I had seen the signs they had, I would never have fallowed idle and Tradition. Then they call YHVH and YHSH names the romans and pharisses told them to say. Exactly like their fallen iraeli forefathers in faith.

    (cezar =long hair, womb cutter. You know like the 60’s long hair and abortion.)

    Pagans drank blood and practice cannibalism, but “defenders of the faith” act like, “No one intentionally tied to trick you.” YHVH hates idol worship. Do You think He appreciates when we call Him Names that “Israel” went whoring after? Sacrificing their Children, drinking blood, cannibalism and committing adultery in The Temple?

    I don’t say that You will go to hell for using these names,
    but whenever Israel held on to tradition, instead of returning to YHVH, they were cut off.
    Embrace the Truth, if it is The Truth that brought You, He will be pleased.

    The loss of usage was no mistake, and the use of false ALHM in place was no mistake. Cesar ie. “roman circle” =”roman church”; put greek manuscripts with the original Hebrew Manuscripts and canonized the bible.

    The Jews never adopted the greek apocrypha,(14 greek books, catholic old Testament) but the Jews rarely ridicule us for using greek books as inspired. (They keep it quiet) True Believers should also never have adopted the books written in greek by romans and pharisees.

    The number 40 is significant in the scriptures, It rained 40 days and 40 nights. Moses fasted for 40 days and 40 nights. He returned to find Isreal whoring after a golden calf twice. YHSH fasted for 40 days and 40 nights, why?

    Is YHVH trying to show us something? 39 books inspired in the Old Testament to prepare us for YHVH’s Way. The Hebrews knew the next book would be the last one . The MASIAH WAS COMMING

    The book called Matthew, was written in Hebrew. YHVH Inspired all #40 books, with no help from cezar or the catholics. It was not Mathews record. The name Matthew was added by romans later. “Matthew” is the unanimous record of the remaining Hebrew disciples.

    Later named “The Gospel According to Matthew” under empirical commission. It’s easy to see that facts were recorded and confirmed unanimously; because it testifies of events that took place before Matthew was called to be a disciple, and things that Matthew did not personally witness; Like the Transfiguration.

    Other Greek books were only added to take Spiritual Authority and power away from YHSHs’ Message, link paganism and contradict the Disciples Testimony. If you never read any of the last 26 books of the bible, you didn’t miss anything.

    Let this message be pronounced freely. I’m calling to you from the four corners of the earth.

    Please help me save my Children from the Hell of Biblon at: or at

    Habakkuk 3:13 Thou wentest forth for the salvation of thy people, even for salvation=(YHSH Strongs H3468) with thine anointed=(MESSIAH H4899); thou woundedst the head out of the house of the wicked, by discovering the foundation unto the neck. Selah.
    Yehsha (Strongs H3468) Your Messiah.

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