True Discipleship (Through the Gospels)
"Another of the disciples said to him, 'Lord, let me first go and bury my father.' And Jesus said to him, 'Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead’" ^Matthew 8:21-22.
True biblical discipleship requires complete allegiance to Jesus. Discipleship does not happen in a classroom setting reading bible verses and taking a course on systematic theology. No. True discipleship happens when someone decides to completely obey God’s Word and follow the leading of the Spirit.
True discipleship happens when the desire to bring God glory outweighs every other desire. Discipleship happens when an individual is willing to do anything to be closer to Christ.
In this passage, a young man comes and asks Jesus if he can follow Him. Jesus can detect that this man has a half-hearted commitment to Him. Jesus sees through the insincerity of this man’s confession and says, “Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own” (Matthew 8:22). This man apparently had to attend his father’s funeral. Jesus knowing this, tells the man if he wants to follow Him, it’s now or never. Jesus was heading to another town and if this man did not cease this opportunity he would not be able to follow Jesus.
Does this imply that Jesus is forbidding this man to go to his own father’s funeral? No. Jesus is simply exposing this man’s insincerity and calling him out on his excuses. This man wanted to follow Jesus at no cost. This man wanted to follow Jesus on his own terms. He used this funeral as an escape to try to find an excuse not to follow Jesus. Through this passage, Jesus wants us to know that discipleship occurs when we commit to Him without reservation. Discipleship happens when we are willing to let go of everything that hinders us from obeying the Lord.
Are you a true disciple?