Wednesday Words - Homeless
June 26, 2019
Pastor Paul Cannon
Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests;
but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.
- Luke 9:58
We take a lot of pride in our home. Currently at the Cannon house, we have large hole in our backyard for our soon-to-be paver patio, which in its current condition is acting more as a seven-inch-deep swimming hole (can we get a couple days of sunshine God!?!).
Even when we don’t have a big project, there’s always something to do; a minor repair that needs to be tinkered with or a new piece of furniture that’s going in. We have cozy beds to sleep on, and a dry basement (that’s a whole other story) for the kids to play. There’s even a spacious fenced-in back yard for our dog Pluto to run laps in.
We love our cozy little home, and it would be hard to give it up. It’s part of the reason Jesus’ words are a bit of a gut-punch, “the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” This is the text that reminds us: Jesus was homeless.
Jesus was literally homeless – neither was he born, nor did he live, nor did he die in his own home. The only story we have of him as youth, was one he spent running away from home (or at least failing to return to it!).
It should come as no surprise to anyone that Jesus suggests in this passage that if you want to follow him, you’ll have to give up your home; discipleship comes at a cost.
One would-be follower says he wants to follow Jesus, but that he needs to bury his dad first. Jesus tells him “Let the dead bury their own dead.” Another wants to say farewell to those in his home, and Jesus tells him, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” Harsh!
When you choose to follow Jesus there is no turning back; there are no half-measures. To follow Jesus means that we give up everything!
I wonder what this means for us today. Does it mean I have to give up my paver patio? My fenced-in backyard? My soft cozy bed that I sleep on every night? I think the answer is yes. With prayerful discernment we need to be open to however God calls us to use our resources (time, talents or treasures) and have the faith to not look back.
It’s the least we can do for our homeless king.