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“As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, ‘I will follow you wherever you go.’ Still another said, ‘I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say good-by to my family’” (Luke 9:57, 61). The cost of following Jesus is high. Jesus says that nothing should get in our way, not even hardships, a death in the family, or family ties (vs. 58, 60, and 62). Jesus presents us with two options: trust in human judgment and traditions, or trust in God.

Everybody makes decisions without first asking God through prayer. I’m guilty of this, too. These decisions could be about money, housing, family, or careers. People trust in their own judgment rather than the Lord’s. When this happens, we forget about God’s will and chase after the “American dream” of materialism.

Tradition tells us that we must strive to have a high paying career, our own car and house, and fulfill our own desires before others. We have to be selfish to make it in this world! There is no time to do God’s will because the things of this world have to be accomplished first. God’s time only comes in the spare time of the day after all other things have been accomplished. Unfortunately, many people think like this.

There is a better way, God’s way. Although trusting in God may sound scary at first, you will be pleasantly surprised at the outcome of the situation. God knows all the things we need to survive; remember God created us. The Lord will provide all we need and more when we seek the Kingdom of God first (Luke 12:31).

Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for us by dying for our sins. The only thing He asks of us is that we put aside our earthly desires because there is a greater treasure waiting for us in heaven. Let the spiritually dead have their own world, our job is to “proclaim the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:60). Therefore, “keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you’” (Hebrews 13:5).

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