As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” And Jesus said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”
He has nowhere to lay his head, requires total commitment, counts returning to say good-bye as if you have turned your back on the assignment. He wants obedience. If he says do it now, that’s what it means… There is nothing inherently wrong with saying good-bye to loved ones, or honoring father and mother, unless they are used as an excuse to not do what one has been given to do. They amount to; I will but not now…
What would Jesus say to the statement; I am experiencing burn-out? This is too much, I have family obligations. All could be true and valid, but … Following Christ was not and is not without its cost. There is no guarantee of creature comforts, not even the ability to fulfill the usual daily family requirements. Christ demands total allegiance. He had just said, “whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” Following Christ came with a price. It still does. Are we willing? Did he pay the price? How committed are we? He was.