Foxes and Birds—Day 4
Matthew 8: 20
“The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head”
Today let us begin our devotional by meditating on this thought: Nothing has done more harm to Christianity than half-hearted followers.
The church is often quick and excited to embrace those who say they want to be part of us. However, how much damage has been done attempting to run a race or do ministry with others who are lacking in their commitment to the faith?
Jesus wants followers who understand the cost of discipleship and wholeheartedly undertake genuine devotion to Him.
If the Lord was not quick to embrace those who seemed eager to follow Him, why are we so hasty to embrace and refuse to challenge others’ desire to follow Him?
Jesus’ response to the scribe was to test his motive. “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.” Then Jesus replied, “The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”
The scribe was enthusiastic in his request and Jesus challenged his resolve.
Today we are still being challenged. The Lord still requires us to be fully committed to this journey with Him.
Our Savior was not penniless but homeless. His mission would not allow Him to stay in one place; and for those of us who walk with Him, we will be on the move as well.
If we are half-hearted, we are not always willing to go wherever He leads. Jesus requires us to be genuine followers who will not flinch or falter in spite of scarce accommodations.
Question: Are you half-hearted in your commitment to Christ?
Has this time with Christ been out of a genuine devotion to Him and His cause? Or, have we been motivated out of eagerness to be a part of something without fully understanding the cost?
Eagerness does not make up for genuine devotion. Which one is our reason for following Christ?
Lord, as exciting as it is to be in Your presence, help us live with genuine devotion to You, Amen.