And another of his disciples said unto him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.
But Jesus said unto him, follow me; and let the dead bury their dead. Matthew 8:21-22
I have not written in a couple weeks. I have been busy at work and life. There has been overtime, bills, doctor’s appointments, yards needing mowing, flower beds needing weeding, weddings, grocery shopping and well, it is exhausting just listing it all. Everyday my “To Do” list had, write a Seed, and everyday it was left unfinished with several other items.
I was lying in bed thinking of what I should write this week in between all the clutter that kept filling my brain. It was in the middle of the flurry of disjointed thoughts I remembered the verse, “Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.”
On initial thought, this verse seems rather callus and uncaring of Jesus. However, on deeper reflection, it has nothing to do with funerals or family abandonment. Rather is about making a commitment to Jesus and choosing to follow Him in all circumstances. Whether the bills are due, or the yard has grown up to obscure the house, seeking the Lord is priority. Jesus knows these things must be done and are important, but nothing is more important than your relationship with Him.
Today on my “To Do”, I placed the Mustard Seed at the top. Time in prayer, Bible reading and touching the lives of those around you are your first concern. There will be plenty of time for the rest once you have fed your spirit and been filled with His peace. In fact, you will be able to complete more efficiently everything you need to do.
Just like this disciple, we find ourselves focused on the things in life that need to be done. In essence this disciple was saying “Lord let me go home and get everything I need to do done and then I will follow you and do what you want of me.” There will always been an inexhaustible list of things that need to be addressed but there may not always be the opportunity to answer His call.
Won’t you answer His call today.
Typist for Jesus