27th April 2012

Foxes And Birds

“As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, ‘I will follow you wherever you go.’ Jesus replied, ‘Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.’”
Luke 9:57-58 (NIV UK)

Sometimes Jesus appeared to say strange things. 

In the passage above someone says that he has a total commitment to Christ and that he would follow him anywhere. We all might say something similar. We have a dedication to Christ and a desire to follow him wherever he leads. 

Jesus’ response to him was to talk about foxes and birds. Was he smiling as he spoke? What exactly was the point that Jesus was making? 

In their zeal to evangelize, Christians may paint a rosy picture. They may say that, when we come to Jesus, life will improve and things will get easier. But here Jesus was implying that following him involved a cost. 

That cost would mean being out of our comfort zone. Maybe sometimes there would not be much of a chance to rest physically as foxes do in holes or as birds do in nests. I remember once seeing a young fox cub scurry away into the safety of its den when it sensed danger. Jesus knew that he himself would not run away from the sacrifice that lay ahead for him. For Christians, sometimes there is no hiding place as they follow Jesus and share in his sufferings. 

I wonder what happened next. Did the man wander away perplexed by what Jesus had said? Or did he renew his commitment more deeply? 

What would you have done? 

Thank you, Lord Jesus, for your unswerving commitment to us, and help us through your Spirit to stay committed to you in good times and in bad.

Study by James Henderson

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One Response to “27th April 2012”

  1. Kerry on April 27th, 2012 4:20 pm

    Thank you James, I’ve just read your post and it means something to me today.

    What would you have done?



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