Imagine you’r about to get onto a roller coaster. When you approach the front of the line you either get in, put the lap bar down or the over the shoulder bar, prepare yourself, ride the ride and get off after the complete stop right? If you don’t want to ride the ride, you will not do all of these steps, you’ll simply dismiss the ride. You’re not going to get on the rollercoaster and decide half way through your done riding and jump out. Nor are you going to get in and not strap yourself in, and continue to ride the ride. This is what following Jesus like. It’s either all or nothing.
The most dangerous life to live is to kinda live a life for Jesus Christ. Aligning yourself closely to Jesus can be a dangerous proposition but it IS extremely worth it.
Luke 9:57 As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” This passage is about Jesus and his disciples. Journeying to Jerusalem with Jesus(Luke 51). In verses 9:10–18 Jesus is walking to Jerusalem. Why? His purpose was to be crucified. “I’m going to do what I have to do for mankind.” Is Jesus aware of what’s going to happen to him? Yes. If he’s aware of the suffering and torture why does he do it? For us. So is sacrifice worth it? Yes.
In this verse the man who has asked this question has no clue where Jesus is going, nor did he ask, he just wants to follow him! Well…Jesus is headed straight for death in this case-His crucifixion. So take this passage as an example in our own lives. Before you say “I will follow you Jesus”, do you know what you’re asking for? If Jesus had to suffer why would you think human beings would have it easy when following Jesus? Jesus replies (58) “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” What Jesus’ reply is telling the man us ‘if you wanna follow me, you know I’m homeless right? I have no idea where I am going to even sleep tonight, while the man has a nice home back in his hometown, safe, warm, food available.’ Jesus isn’t promising a happy journey for the man if he follows him. He is simply stating how this road to follow Jesus will be difficult…but worth it. Jesus is saying “I can’t promise comfort I this life if you follow me. It doesn’t lead to comfort now, there’s going to be suffering before eternal comfort. I can’t promise comfort but I can promise it will be in the end”