I will weed out one thing from my life that doesn't fit in with my state as a Christian
Luke 9: 57-62
In you, Lord, I find all my joy and
happiness. How could I offend you by chasing after fleeting success and lifeless trophies? I believe
in you because you are truth itself. I hope in you because you are faithful to your promises. I love
you because you have loved me first. I am a sinner; nevertheless, you have given me so many
blessings. I humbly thank you.
Let me willingly accept the cost of following in your
1. Hidden Expenses:
A would-be disciple of Jesus' boasts that he will follow Our Lord
anywhere, whatever the sacrifice. Jesus' response makes us wonder whether the fellow understood what
he would be getting into. Following Christ is demanding ó and not always glamorous. We might dream
of doing great things for Christ, but then find the day-to-day struggle distasteful ("the Son of Man
has nowhere to rest his head"). Unglamorous challenges take many forms. A new wife might discover to
her chagrin that her husband can't handle finances. Or a parent with high hopes learns that a child
has a learning disability that will limit her ability to excel. Or a husband takes a higher-paying
job to support his family, only to find his new boss is a tyrant. Or a teen suffers ridicule at
public school for her modest clothes. All these trials can be the cost of following Christ. What
price am I willing to pay?
2. Family Ties:
Christ tries to dissuade another would-be follower from "burying his
father." The man was probably settling his father's estate and getting too involved in family
finances. Our Lord wanted him to cut with all that, immediately, and get on with the work of the
Kingdom. Too often money matters distract us from doing what Christ wants. No wonder St. Paul warns,
"The love of money is the root of all evils" (1 Timothy 6:10). Is money holding me back in my
relationship with Christ? Am I working longer hours than I need to, just for the sake of
3. Long Goodbye:
The moment of decision had arrived. But instead of joining Jesus' camp,
the would-be disciple felt the tug of family ties. As followers of Christ, we have to be willing to
make a fundamental option for Christ an option that by necessity excludes other paths. Does this
sound hard? It should sound familiar. Think of the young woman who says yes to a proposal of
marriage. She does so assuming that her beloved has long broken off other romantic relationships. Or
take the student who decides to go out for the soccer team at school. He rules out spending hours of
practice on the basketball court. By extension, if we want to follow Christ, why do we fritter away
hours in activities that have nothing to do with our faith or the Church? Are there things I need to
weed out of my life?
Conversation with Christ:
Lord, help me focus my
energies better on you
and what you are asking of me.
Let me not be distracted by
or material possessions or even
aren't helping my spiritual life.
I will weed out one thing from my life that doesn't
fit in with my state as a Christian. It could be a Web site, a subscription to a publication, an
immodest piece of clothing, a relationship.